Counting Underway Amid Tight Security
The counting of votes for the three-tier panchayat polls to nearly 74,000 seats in West Bengal began on Tuesday morning amid tight security, officials said.
There are around 339 counting venues spread across 22 districts.
"The counting, which began at 8 am, is likely to continue for the next two days. It will take time for the ballots to be counted and the results to be compiled. We are hopeful that a trend will be available by the end of the day," an SEC official said.
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to State Election Commission
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to State Election Commission requesting to ensure impartial and free & fair counting of votes in the presence of central forces, for Panchayat Elections; the safety of all candidates and agents need to be ensured.
'Protect Democracy In WB & Deploy Central Forces', BJP MP Saumitra Khan Writes To SEC
"As we seen how violence took place in Our West Bengal during Panchayat elections. How TMC workers create drama and atrocities during the polls. I want to kindly request you to please protect our democracy in WB and deploy Central Force Personal for the Fair Counting process," wrote Saumitra Khan of BJP in a letter to Election Commissioner and Director of Police.
Security personnel open lathi in Howrah
Security personnel open lathi charge to disperse a large number of people who gathered outside a polling station in Howrah. They were reportedly attempting to enter the counting centre. Counting of votes of Panchayat election is taking place in the state today.
BJP general secretary Agnimitra Paul sitting outside counting centre, says 'TMC will attack here by afternoon'
West Bengal BJP MLA and general secretary Agnimitra Paul on Tuesday said: "People were murdered in this Panchayat election and our CM & 'Bhaipo' who made tall claims that this will be a peaceful election have not made any statement. There was firing & bombing in my constituency, there was bogus voting. So, we have no expectations with this election...There are inputs of BJP counting agents not being allowed at a few counting centres...I am sitting here & I have received information that they will attack here by this afternoon..."
TMC leading on 350 seats, BJP ahead on 3 places
According to initial trends, the TMC is leading on 350 seats, while the BJP is ahead on 3 seats. Left is leading on five seats and Congress on one seat in the state.
'Diamond Harbour Model' In Full Swing On Counting Day, Says Suvendu Adhikari; Tweets Video
"The "Diamond Harbour Model" is in full swing on the Counting Day also. TMC goons are making the last desperate attempt to steal the Elections by obstructing the Counting Agents & Candidates of @BJP4Bengal and other opposition political parties from entering the Counting Hall. They are being restricted from going towards the venue from 1-2 kms afar. Bombs are being hurled to intimidate the Counting Agents. They are being mercilessly beaten up, even kidnapped."
"The Counting Agents & Candidates couldn't enter :- # Fakir Chand College in Diamond Harbour # Keshpur College # Counting Centres at Galsi, Katwa, Amta, Bagnan, Barabani, Kirnahar and several other places. The State Election Commission must halt the Counting Process and ensure that all the Opposition Counting Agents & Candidates are able to reach the Counting Centres unobstructed. Only when they reach the venue, then only the Counting Process should begin," wrote Suvendhu Adhikari on Twitter and shared images on the micro-blogging site.
TMC leading in Nadia
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leading in 63 out of the 185 panchayat seats in Nadia.
Tension Escalates In North 24 Parganas, Clashes Break Out Between Police and Party Workers
On the day of counting, tensions escalates in North 24 Parganas as clashes break out between Police and party workers. The police had to carry out lathi charge, according to updates. TMC is leading from North Parganas.
North 24 Parganas Gram Panchayat:
Crude Bombs Go Off Outside A Counting Centre In Diamond Harbour; Visuals Surface
Crude bombs go off outside a counting centre in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal. Counting for Panchayat election is underway across the state.
'Killing Of 45 People Despite Central Forces Shows These Were State Sponsored Murders', Says BJP's Sambit Patra
"Killing of 45 people despite the presence of Central Forces clearly shows that these were the state sponsored murders...and the state sponsored murder of the democracy in West Bengal," said BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra on Tuesday (July 11), the day of counting for the Bengal Rural polls.
Trends Give TMC Huge Lead, BJP On Second Spot Followed By Left
The initial trends give the TMC a massive lead. The BJP is on second place, closely followed by the Left on third seat. However, TMC is ahead with more seats than both BJP and Left put together.
Relative of BJP candidate posts video showing villagers celebrating victory
A relative of a BJP candidate, claimed that his sister won the Panchayat elections from their village and shared a purported video showing villagers celebrating the victory as the BJP candidate defeated the TMC candidate by 121 votes. The visuals provide a departure from the sordid images and visuals of violence that has hit the Panchayat elections in West Bengal.
Husband Of Candidate In Malda Attempts To Run Away With Ballot Box, Held By Police; Visuals Surface
Ruckus ensued at a counting centre in Sovanagar gram panchayat of Malda after the husband of a candidate allegedly attempted to flee from here with a ballot box. He was chased by Police and nabbed.
Reports of violence at Ashok Nagar counting centre
Ruckus erupted at the counting centre in Ashok Nagar as reports surfaced of brutal attack on ISF candidates.
West Bengal Panchayat Election 2023 Results
Gram Panchayat 63229
AITC : 16846
BJP : 1518
Left : 907
INC : 356
Ruckus At Counting Booth In Cooch Behar; Visuals Surface
A ruckus ensued at a counting booth in Falimari gram panchayat of Cooch Behar after ink and water was thrown on ballot papers here allegedly by a TMC candidate.
Senior TMC leader and nephew of Mamata Banerjee Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday thanked the people of rural West Bengal for voting for his party in the three-tier panchayat elections.
West Bengal Panchayat Election 2023 Results Panchayat Samiti
AITC : 2795
BJP : 182
LF : 57
INC : 24
"State-sponsored murder of democracy": BJP slams TMC; claims 45 deaths in West Bengal Panchayat polls violence
As per the latest declarations by the State Election Commission, the TMC is leading in 18,332 gram panchayat seats, while the BJP is leading in 4,592 seats out of 63,329 seats as of 5.30 pm. CPI(M) is leading in 1,894 seats and Congress in 1,142 seats.
"Whatever a governor is expected to do under the constitution will be done," says West Bengal Governor CV Anand Bose
Results of panchayat polls in North Bengal:
In the Gram Panchayat elections in West Bengal's Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, and Jalpaiguri districts, the Trinamool Congress has come out on top. The Trinamool Congress has reportedly won a staggering 170 Gram Panchayat seats in Alipurduar, leaving the BJP in the dust with just 42 seats.
Similar results occurred in Cooch Behar, when the TMC won 187 of the 234 available Gram Panchayat seats. The TMC, which won a majority with 74 seats out of the available 99, also won in Jalpaiguri. The BJP was successful in winning 25 seats.
West Bengal Panchayat Polls Result: Counting updates as of 4 pm
2023 Gram Panchayat 63229
AITC : 22594
BJP : 3148
CPM : 1355
INC : 602
According to the State Election Commission, Trinamool Congress has won a landslide victory in the rural elections in West Bengal. The party has captured 2,117 gram panchayats, out of a total of 3,317 gram panchayats that went to the polls. The BJP came a distant second, winning only 174 gram panchayats. The Congress won 115 gram panchayats, while the Left Front won 78 gram panchayats.
West Bengal Panchayat Samiti Result: Counting updates as of 10.40 PM
Panchayat Samiti: 9730
AITC : 3174
BJP : 234
LF : 67
INC : 27
WB Panchayat Samiti Results:
AITC : 3406
BJP : 244
LF : 68
INC : 27