Partha to visit Jhargram to probe reasons behind TMC's showing
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee is going to Jhargram to talk to local leaders and find out the reasons that are responsible for the party's performance in Jangalmahal, in the recently held three-tier Panchayat election.
BJP has finished as a distant second bagging only 5,747 out of 31,814 seats in Gram Panchayat, 756 out of 6,125 seats in Panchayat Samity and 22 seats out of a total of 688 in Zilla Parishad.
In comparison, Trinamool has got 21,110 seats in Gram Panchayat, 4,888 seats in Panchayat Samity and has bagged all the 20 Zilla Parishads.
Though it was Trinamool's best performance in the Panchayat election since the party was set up in 1998, party supremo Mamata Banerjee has instructed party leaders to find out the reasons for the "not so good performance of the party" in some pockets of Jangalmahal.
Local leaders in Jangalmahal alleged that BJP had distributed money in some areas which are dominated by the tribals. The BJP leaders had also given assurance to the tribals, mainly the Kurmis, that they will be included in the Scheduled Tribes category, if voted to power.
They further said that RSS cadres, through several social welfare organisations, had contacted rural people and brainwashed them by giving false assurances.
The allegations of the local leaders are not without basis. In Balarampur block in Purulia, there are two Zilla Parishad seats and BJP has bagged both of them. In Panchayat Samity out of 20 seats, BJP has got 17 seats while Trinamool got 3. In Gram Panchayat, out of 92 seats, BJP has bagged 70 seats while Trinamool got 21 seats and in one seat, the Trinamool candidate was elected uncontested.
In Raghunathpur block I in Purulia, out of 21 members in Panchayat Samity, BJP has got 21 seats while Trinamool got 3, with one seat being bagged by an Independent candidate.
In Raghunathpur block II Panchayat Samity, out of 16 seats BJP got 12 while Trinamool got 4.
In Jhargram, when Panchayat election was held for the first time after the new district was constituted, BJP did well in some pockets.
In Gopiballavpur block I in Jhargram, there were 18 seats in Panchayat Samity. Of these seats, BJP got 12 while Trinamool Congress got 5 seats, with CPI-M getting 1.
In Gopiballavpur II in Panchayat Samity, BJP got 6 seats out of 17, while Trinamool got 11. In Nayagram, out of 27 seats in Panchayat Samity, Trinamool got 21 while BJP got 6 seats.
Chatterjee will talk to all local leaders and prepare a report so that the loopholes can be ironed out before the Lok Sabha polls.