Civic bodies polls in West Bengal: 24% drop in BJP vote share

The results of four municipal corporations in West Bengal showed a decline of around 24 per cent BJP votes in comparison to what the saffron party had got in these uran areas in the Assembly polls barely eight months ago.

The four municipal corporations are Bidhannagar, Siliguri, Asansol and Chandernagore. Total 226 wards in these corporations went to the polls on February 12.

Despite the decline, the BJP managed to bag 12 seats.

The trend of a slide in BJP’s vote share started with the Calcutta Municipal Corporation elections in December last year, according to The Telegraph.

In Siliguri, the saffron party had secured 50.03 per cent votes in the Assembly polls last year and this time the BJP got only 23.24 per cent votes, a decline by 26.79 per cent.

In Chandernagore, the BJP’s vote share in Assembly polls was 30.60 per cent that sharply declined to 9.8 per cent this time, a decline by 20.80 percent.

In case of Asansol, the BJP got 42.11 per cent in the 2021 Assembly polls, but in the corporation polls its vote share is just 17.05 per cent, which is a decline by 25.06 percent.

In Bidhannagar, BJP got 35.66 per cent votes in the Assembly polls and this time its share has come down to 10.76 per cent, which is a decline by 24.90 per cent.

Left parties, mainly the CPM, increased its share of votes from what it had achieved in these areas last year, The Telegraph reported. However, the CPM got only nine seats in the four civic bodies.

According to The Telegraph, the CPM had secured 17.39, 10.65, 19.97 and 26.4 per cent votes in Siliguri, Bidhannagar, Asansol and Chandernagore civic bodies, respectively.

In the last Assembly polls, the Left, Congress and the ISF taken together had secured 9.81 per cent votes.