TMC wins Bongaon LS seat, state ruling parties triumph in bypolls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 01:17 IST

West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday registered a convincing victory and retained both the Bongaon Lok Sabha and the Krishnaganj assembly seats where bypolls were held last week.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finished second in Krishnaganj, pushing the CPI(M) to the third spot. In Bongaon, the CPI(M) finished second while the BJP took the third spot. The Congress came fourth in both the seats.

In Bongaon, Trinamool repeated its performance where its candidate Mamatabala Thakur won by a margin of 2,11,794 votes defeating CPI(M)'s Debesh Das. The BJP's Subrata Thakur is at the third place.

Mamatabala led in all seven assembly segments of the primarily rural constituency, comprising parts of North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts.

CPI(M)'s nominee and former state minister Das, who had finished runner up in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, was at the third position in the initial rounds, but made up midway through the counting to take the second position. Congress candidate Kuntal Mondal forfeited his deposit.

Trinamool had won this seat by 1.4 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The Bongaon seat fell vacant after the death of Trinamool member Kapil Krishna Thakur on October 13 last year. Mamatabala is Kapil Krishna's widow and Subrata is his nephew.

In Krishnaganj of Nadia district, Trinamool's candidate Satyajit Biswas beat his closest BJP rival Manbendra Roy by a margin of 37,033 votes, excluding postal ballots, after 14 rounds of counting. CPI(M) candidate Apurba Biswas was placed in the third position.

In 2011, the Trinamool candidate, in alliance with Congress, had won the seat by a margin of about 21,000 votes. The TMC retained its vote share of last year's Lok Sabha polls from the assembly segment while the BJP's vote almost doubled and CPI(M) continued to face an erosion.

CPI-M's Apurba secured far lesser votes this time in the area as compared to last year. Congress candidate Nityagopal Mondal lost his deposit.

In the Krishnaganj seat, the election was held due to the death of the sitting TMC MLA Sushil Biswas on October 21, 2014.

?Trinamool's thumping victories in both the seats came despite the taint of Saradha scam on the Mamata Banerjee-led government, the infiltration issue and the BJP driving a wedge in the Thakur family that was seen as influencing the Motua vote.

A voter turnout of almost 80% was recorded on February 13 in the by-elections to Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj assembly seats.

In Maharashtra, BJP candidate Tushar Rathod, son of Govind Rathod, whose death last October necessitated the bye-election, won the Mukhed Assembly seat by defeating his nearest Congress rival Hanumantrao Patil Betmogrekar by 47,248 votes.

The BJP also tasted success in Goa, where Sidharth Kunkolienkar won the Panaji bypoll, defeating his nearest rival Surendra Furtado from the Congress by 5,368 votes.

The bypoll was held after the elevation of sitting legislator and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar to the union cabinet last November.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) retained the Tirupati seat.

Riding on the sympathy wave, M. Suguna of the ruling party won the by-poll caused by the death of her husband M. Venkatramna, defeating Congress nominee R. Sreedevi by over 1.16 lakh votes.

All other candidates including Sreedevi of Congress lost their deposit.

The Congress had no representation in the assembly. It drew a blank in general elections held in May last year as people vent their ire on the party for bifurcating the state.

The Congress' consolation win came from the north eastern state of Arunachal, where its nominee Nyamar Karbak defeated his nearest BJP rival Bai Gadi by a margin of 119 votes in a five-cornered contest from Liromoba constituency.

Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK retained the Srirangam assembly constituency with a huge 96,000 plus margin margin over archrival DMK.

AIADMK candidate S.Valarmathi polled 151,561 votes while DMK's N.Anand secured 55,045.

The assembly seat was earlier held by former chief minister J.Jayalalithaa and the bye-election was necessitated following her disqualification after her conviction in a corruption case and sentence of four years in jail.

In a statement issued in Chennai, Jayalalithaa thanked the voters of Srirangam for electing her party's candidate.

With IANS inputs

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