Kolkata: The counting of the votes for the 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) election began on Tuesday morning with the ruling Trinamool Congress taking an early lead in six wards, SEC officials said.
“The counting began at 8 am. As per the early trends. The TMC has taken early leads in six wards so far” a State Election Commission official said.
The TMC has taken early leads in the ward numbers 23, 11, 31, 2, 4 and 7.
Sporadic incidents of violence, including the hurling of bombs at two booths, marred the KMC elections on Sunday even as over 63 per cent of the nearly 40.5 lakh voters exercised their franchise.
Other political outfits like Congress and Left parties are also in the fray. The polling for 144 wards of West Bengal’s KMC was held on December 19 (Sunday) amid tight security and strictly enforced COVID-19 protocols. The polling took place at 4,959 polling booths.
Alleging widespread violence by TMC in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, the West Bengal BJP termed the polling a ‘farce’ and alleged that the city police is not capable to conduct ‘peaceful’ elections.