Trinamool sweeps Bengal panchayat polls, LF out of reckoning
Kolkata: West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress marched towards a massive victory in the rural polls, regarded as a curtain raiser to the next general elections and the biggest test of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's popularity since she came to power in 2011.
The Trinamool has won or is on the verge of winning majority of the gram panchayats and the panchayat samilties (the lowest and the middle levels, respectively, of the three-tier rural council system) in 12 of the 17 districts of the state.
In the panchayat samities, the Trinamool's success story was more spectacular, as it was winning over 90 percent of the bodies overall.
The opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front, which had established its dominance in 13 districts in the previous elections held in 2008, has failed to win majority of the gram panchayats even in one district.
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