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Ruling Trinamool Congress virtually retained the 42-seat Birbhum Zilla Parishad uncontested

Kolkata, Apr 9 (UNI) After the nomination process for elections to the West Bengal’s local
bodies concluded on Monday ended at 1500 hours, ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)
virtually retained the 42-seat Birbhum Zilla Parishad uncontested at the end of filing
nomination with only one opposition candidate filed nomination.
As soon as the nomination process ended, it emerged that TMC had gained control of
the Birbhum zilla parishad. The ruling party won 41 out of the 42 seats without a contest
While the TMC candidates filed for all 42 seats, only one opposition candidate submitted
his papers, which to be scrutinised on April 11.
Besides, with the 19 panchayet samities in the district, there have been no nomination
papers in the 14 seats, official sources said.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Birbhum district president Ramkrishna Roy
said, “One of our candidates could file nomination from the Rajnagar seat, and therefore,
Trinamool won from all seats save that one.”
However, the ruling party supporters today celebrated with green abir at the end of filing nomination papers at Mumhammed Bazar and Nalhati where violence incidents happened
last week.
At Kandi in Murshidabad district, TMC won 29 of the 30 panchayat samiti seats uncontested.
In Bharatpur panchayat samiti, the ruling party bagged 21 out of 21 seats and in Barwan of
the same district, the ruling party won all 36 panchayat samiti seats without a contest.
CPI(M) state secretariat member said, “The number of gram panchayats and panchayat
samitis that the ruling party won without a contest will become clear later. The number will
increase since the ruling party will compel many opposition candidates to withdraw
nominations.”
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