Kolkata: Trinamool Congress organised a victory rally at Udaynarayanpur in Howrah on Tuesday, after the party established its control over the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats.
Once a red bastion, there has been a massive erosion in the CPI-M vote bank over the years.
In the 224 member Gram Panchayat, CPI-M had fielded only 24 candidates, whereas in the 48 member Panchayat Samiti, it had fielded only 8 candidates. BJP has not filed any nomination in the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samiti seats.
Samir Panja, Trinamool MLA, said that over the years, CPI-M's organisation has become weak, while BJP has failed to develop any organisation in the area.
After coming to power in 2011, the steps taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has helped the people of the villages. Khadya Sathi by which Rs 2 kg rice is given, Sikhashree, Kanyashree and Sabuj Sathi have all helped the people immensely. In addition to this, Rupashree, Samabyathi and Matrijan have also been of great help.
"The village people are very happy with the development projects and no one is ready to oppose Trinamool," Panja said, adding "over the years, CPI-M did not make any effort to improve the organisation, while BJP does not exist in the area."
Trinamool had started to set up its organisation from early 2000 and over the years, it has consolidated the organisation. In the Uluberia Lok Sabha by-election, Trinamool candidate Sajda Ahmad had got the most votes from the Udaynarayanpur segment.