New Delhi: The results of the West Bengal civic polls will be declared on Tuesday. An 86 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the crucial election to six municipalities across the state on Monday, the first major test for the Trinamool-Congress alliance after its landslide victory in the 2011 Assembly polls on the back of a huge anti-incumbency wave.
All 129 seats in the six civic bodies - Durgapur, Dhupguri, Haldia, Nalhati, Daspur and Coopers' Camp - witnessed triangular contests among the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front.
The seats were spread over five districts - Jalpaiguri, East Midnapore, Haldia, Birbhum and Bardhaman. Cooper's Camp in Nadia district recorded the highest 93.28 per cent polling.
Alliance partners, Trinamool and Congress, however, fought the civic elections independently, a reflection of their bitter rivalry. Congress and opposition CPI(M) alleged that the polls were far from free and fair and accused Trinamool activists of resorting to booth-capturing and rigging....more
08:58 AM, Jun 05, 2012