TMC's arch rival CPI-M tried hard to regain some lost ground although the Marxists admitted that they still have some 'deficiencies' in terms of their strength.
The year began with CBI's action against several TMC leaders, which the party termed as 'vendetta politics' by the Narendra Modi government.
CBI arrested TMC leader and former transport minister Madan Mitra and also questioned former party general secretary Mukul Roy after which Roy, once a trusted lieutenant of party supremo Mamata Banerjee, distanced himself from TMC.
For BJP, which had garnered nearly 18 per cent votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the year did not bring much hope as it failed to put up a good show in successive elections to municipalities and panchayats.
According to a senior state BJP leader, the notion that the central party leadership is going soft on Saradha scam and has entered into a deal with TMC in return of its support in Rajya Sabha, where BJP is in a minority, has further eroded the party's credibility.

This prompted TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee to say, "The people of Bengal are with us. CPI(M), Congress and BJP are together in their fight. But the election results have shown that they have been rejected by the masses".
However, the year also saw certain cracks in TMC as the party's once powerful General Secretary Mukul Roy's wings were clipped and Banerjee's nephew Abhishek virtually took over as number two of the party.

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