state news

West Bengal municipal election: Trinamool Congress wins all seven civic bodies

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which won six out of 148 wards, emerged in second place.

The Trinamool Congress has won all seven urban local body elections that were held in West Bengal on Sunday. The results were announced on Thursday. The Bharatiya Janata Party finished second, PTI reported. Of the total 148 wards, the Trinamool Congress won 140 and the BJP six. The Left Front won one vote and an independent the other.

Among the Left parties, the one ward was won by Forward Bloc, while the Communist Party of India Marxist and the Congress did not win any.

Poll watchers have said that the results are indicative of a paradigm shift in the state’s politics, with the Bharatiya Janata Party making its presence felt and emerging as a stronger rival to the Trinamool Congress than the Left parties.

“The results are a reflection of people’s faith in the Trinamool Congress government,” the party’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee was quoted as saying. Senior leader Gautam Deb said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s presence is not a worry, as “the Left Front has shifted its vote to the BJP...the vote share of the Trinamool Congress is intact, rather we have increased ours”.

The other parties, however, called the elections “a farce”. State Bharatiya Janata Party President Dilip Ghosh accused the Trinamool Congress of using money and muscle power to win the elections. “We have seen how democracy was subverted by the TMC,” he said.

The Congress and the Left said the results were not a real reflection of the people’s mandate.

Support our journalism by paying for Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

When did we start parenting our parents?

As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.

From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.

And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.

The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.

In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.

It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.

As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.


To learn more about life insurance plans available for your family, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.