West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has swept civic polls in on Saturday.
The made a clean sweep of the three civic bodies, including the high profile Bidhannagar-Rajarhat municipal corporation, the Asansol municipal corporation and the Bally-Howrah municipal corporation
At Bidhannagar, in the north eastern fringes of Kolkata, Trinamool candidates were ahead in 33 of the 41 wards. The Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front led in four wards, and the Congress in two. An independent nominee led in one ward.
The Trinamool candidates have left their opponents far behind in all the 16 wards of Bally municipality.
The opposition had alleged violence and rampant rigging in the 3 October polls and demanded repoll in all the words of the three civic bodies.
There was high drama as State Election Commissioner (SEC) S.R. Upadhyay deferred the vote count slated for 7 October and then put in his papers on Tuesday allegedly succumbing under pressure from political parties.
The state government appointed transport secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay as the interim commissioner, who ordered repoll on 9 October in 11 booths – 9 in Bidhannagar and two in Asansol.
Angry opposition parties boycotted the repoll.
A case was also filed challenging Bandopadhyay’s appointment, and the Calcutta High Court on Friday directed that all steps initiated by the SEC under the new interim commissioner would be subject to the court’s final verdict on the writ petition, but turned down a plea to give any interim stay.
Justice Dipankar Datta sought affidavits from the West Bengal government and the SEC backing their observations by 17 November. The petitioner Amitava Majumdar was directed to file the affidavit in opposition by 19 November.
The next day of the hearing has been fixed as 23 November.