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Trinamool won with two balls to spare

The Trinamool Congress on its own had reached a majority in the West Bengal assembly polls with two legs of the six-phase elections still left. And the Trinamool-Congress alliance had 194 seats, just failing to touch the two-thirds majority overall. Surbek Biswas reports.

kolkata Updated: May 17, 2011 18:45 IST
Surbek Biswas

The Trinamool Congress on its own had reached a majority in the West Bengal assembly polls with two legs of the six-phase elections still left. And the Trinamool-Congress alliance had 194 seats, just failing to touch the two-thirds majority overall.

Polls were held for 242 seats in the first four phases. West Bengal’s polls were between April 18 and May 10.

In the last two phases, the alliance added 33 seats (of the remaining 52 seats that went to polls) to its tally, which eventually reached 227 seats.

The opposition alliance made a killing in the third and fourth phase of the polls, when it got 124 of 138 seats.

While the third phase gave the alliance 67 out of 75 seats, the fourth one 57 seats out of 63.

The first phase of polling held in six districts of north Bengal is the only one where the Congress got more seats than the Trinamool Congress, the bigger partner.

A total of 54 seats went to the polls in the first phase, of which the Congress won 17 and Trinamool got 16.