Kolkata, July 30 IBNS | 2 years ago

Hailing the results of the Panchayat elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dedicated the victory to the people of the state as they helped her Trinamool Congress (TMC) pass the 'agni pariksha' (test of fire).

She said her party has wiped out the Left Front in the polls.

"Panchayat Election results are almost out. The mandate of the people is overwhelmingly in our favour. This time, we have fought it all alone with the help, blessings and dua from Maa-Maati-Manush and the people of Gram-Bangla," Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

"The Congress, CPM and BJP - all worked mostly together. But the results have proved again that the mandate of Maa-Maati-Manush has clearly been on our side and helped us to pass the 'agni pariksha' of people's confidence and trust," she said.

She said her party got 100 percent mandate in Jangalmahal area.

"I am very happy to see that the people of Jangalmahal have blessed us. We have received 100 percent mandate," Banerjee said.

"Trinamool Congress has literally wiped out the Left in almost all their strong bastions in Burdwan, Birbhum, Paschim Midnapore, Purba Midnapur, Coochbihar, Hooghly, Bankura, Purulia, Dakshin Dinajpur. Out of 17 Zilla Parishads, Trinamool Congress alone has clearly swept 13 Zilla Parishads. 2 others are hung, where we are in a position of advantage. One each has gone to the Left and Congress. Today, I bow my head again to my Maa-Maati-Manush and democracy. Election is a festival of democracy," she said.

"Against all odds and against all sorts of conspiracy, negativism, false criticism, misinformation and machinations perpetrated by different political parties, central agencies, and other bodies, we could finally emerge with flying colours due to the massive mandate of the people. This is the victory of the people. I dedicate this victory to the people of Bengal," the CM said in her Facebook post.

As counting concluded for the three-tier Panchayat polls on Tuesday, Banerjee's TMC made a clean sweep winning 13 of the total 17 districts of the state.

The ruling TMC almost decimated the Left Front and Congress in south Bengal while it also fared well in north Bengal.

This win is crucial for the TMC as the Panchayat elections were seen as a curtain raiser to 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The polls were also a test for the state government which is facing criticism over various issues, including the Saradha ponzi scheme meltdown and a spate of sexual assaults on women.

A five phase polling in West Bengal began on July 11 and concluded on July 25. Violence claimed several lives in all the phases of polls.

(Posted on 30-07-2013)