Left suffers another jolt in WB, this time in civic poll

via http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Left-suffers-another-jolt-in-WB-this-time-in-civic-poll/330363/ published on July 2, 2008

Kolkata, July 2: After last month’s panchayat poll, the CPI-M in West Bengal suffered yet another setback on Wednesday losing three of 13 municipalities to Trinamool Congress and another to Congress in the civic elections.

The Front, which controlled nine earlier, managed to retain only five – Panihati, Burdwan, Chakdah (CPI-M), Balurghat (RSP) and Mekhligunj (FB).

The CPI-M lost Guskara, Habra, Midnapore to TC and Dalkhola to Congress.

The most impressive win by the Trinamool Congress was in Guskara in Burdwan district regarded as the CPI-M’s stronghold where it secured eight of the 15 seats. BJP bagged two and the Front won five.

TC also won 11 of the 23 seats in Habra municipality in North 24 Parganas district where the party had fared well in the recent panchayat election while Congress bagged 1. The Left Front secured 10 seats and an independent won 1.

Although the LF won the panchayat poll in West Midnapore district, it lost the municipality in Midnapore, the district headquarter. TC bagged 9 seats and Congress 4, while the LF won 6 and independents 4.

TC which had controlled Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas with the support of Congress earlier, strengthened its position securing 11 of the 16 seats. Congress bagged 1 the BJP 2 and LF 1 and independents one each.

The Congress, on the other hand, wrested Dalkhola municipality from the LF bagging 9 of the 14 seats retaining Haldibari and Alipurduar. It also emerged the single largest party in Dubrajpur in Birbhum district winning 6 of the 15 seats while TC got 1, independent 1 and BJP 2.

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