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WEST BENGAL-Calcutta Corporation Election

 WEST BENGAL Calcutta Corporation Election Biren Roy IN the Calcutta civic elections held on June 30, the city voters showed no decisive preference cither for the Left Front or the Congress(I). Out of 141 seat,, the Left Front won 68, the Congress(I) 67, the BJP 2 and Independents 4. Out of the four independents, two were supported by the Left Front, one was a dissident Congress candidate and another had defeated both the Left Front and the Congress(I) candidates. The last- mentioned was later inducted into the Left Front whose total became 7L It will thus be in a position to take over the reins of running the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. Out of the Left Front's total of 68 seats, the CPI(M) won 49 seats, the CPI 7, Revolutionary Socialist Party 6, Forward Block 5. One Marxist Forward Block candidate who contested and won on the CPI(M) symbol can be regarded as belonging to CPI(M) whose tally thus becomes 50. Out of the seven aldermen that will be elected by the councillors on the basis of proportional representation, four are likely to be won by Left Front and three by the Congress(I). The Left Front's tally in the house of 148 would thus be 75 and the Congress(I)'s strength would be 70. The Congress(I) has already claimed the dissident Congress councillor and the two BJP members, who have so far not declared publicly their role in the civic body, are likely to be more on the side of Congress(I) in the obtaining circumstances. So the Left Front's total of 75 will be poised against 73. This is a precarious majority for running the civic body effectively.

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