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CPI(M) back in Kolkata after 15 years

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kolkata
May 13, 2004 07:32 PM IST

Repeatedly shunned by the voters in the metropolis in the past few LS elections, CPI(M) wrests Calcutta North-West seat on Thursday.

Repeatedly shunned by the voters in the metropolis in the past few Lok Sabha elections, CPI(M) on Thursday caused a major upset by wresting the prestigious Calcutta North-West seat, thanks to the presence of the rebel Nationalist Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyya.

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Deeply entrenched in rural Bengal, CPI(M) had won in a Kolkata constituency last time in 1989 when Biplab Dasgupta defeated sitting Congress MP Bholanath Sen in Calcutta South.

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The CPI(M) candidate Sudhanghu Sil's victory this time around in the traditionally anti-left Calcutta North-West was all the more significant as the previous instance of the left tasting success from the constituency was way back in 1956. Then, left-supported independent Mohit Moitra had emerged victorious in a by-poll.

Sil defeated his nearest Nationalist Trinamool Congress rival and Kolkata Mayor Subrata Mukherjee by a margin of 42823 votes.

Sil polled 151481 votes against 108658 by Mukherjee. Bandyopadhyya polled 81906. Bandyopadhyya had won the seat twice on a Trinamool ticket.

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