The Left Front won less seats than before in West Bengal’s five municipal election. Elections were held Sunday for 104 seats of five municipalities - Panskura, Dhupguri, Durgapur, Nalhati and Cooper's Camp.
Also, by-elections were held in 11 wards of 10 municipalities as well as 516 panchayat seats comprising 24 zilla parishads, 94 panchayat samities and 398 gram panchayats.
The ruling Left Front lost the Panskura municipal body elections in East Midnapore to the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine. in West Bengal got the first electoral jolt after violent protests over land acquisition for industry in Nandigram as it lost the Panskura municipal body elections in East Midnapore to the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine. All eyes were on Panskura because it is closest to Nandigram under the same East Midnapore district.
The Left Front retained its power in Durgapur (Burdwan district of south Bengal) and Dhupguri (Jalpaiguri in north Bengal) municipalities while the Congress retained both Nalhati and Cooper's Camp municipalities (in Birbhum and Nadia districts of south Bengal, respectively).
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