West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee won the Bhawanipore bypoll defeating her debutant CPI(M) opponent, a computer science professor, by 54213 votes, securing 77% of the votes pooled.
The vote was a resounding win for Mamata as less than 50% of the 2.12 lakh voters went to the polling station.
The Bhawanipore seat was held by Trinamool, with the
MLA Subrata Bakshi given the charge of PWD and transport departments. The other Assembly seat that went to the polls, Basirhat North, was also bagged by ATM Abdullah of the CPI(M) by almost 31,000 votes. In May 2011, the seat was won by the CPI(M). But the MLA committed suicide, necessitating elections.
"Maa stands for Bhawanipore, mati for Basirhat and manush for Singur. I dedicate these three victories to Maa, Mati, manush," said Mamata after the results.
On Wednesday, she scored a legal victory on the Singur front too with Calcutta high court throwing out Tata Motors petition challenging the Singur Act.
Mamata herself is a voter of this constituency.
Now 56, Mamata Banerjee is already one of the country's veteran parliamentarians, having won eight Lok Sabha contests since 1984. She was defeated once, in 1989.
Before the poll on September 25, there was an air of expectation among Trinamool supporters that she might dwarf CPI(M) politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's 2006 margin of 58,130 votes that is the record margin for any chief ministerial candidate in West Bengal.
However, fewer than half of Bhawanipore's about 2.12 lakh voters came out to vote on Sunday, preempting any chance of building a huge margin.
Mamata Banerjee hd set up Trinamool Congress in January, 1998 and grabbed power in Bengal in May 2011, that was always her political bull's eye.