Bengal bypolls: Didi sweeps, BJP increases its vote share
Nearly six months after sweeping back to power in the Assembly polls, the Trinamool Congress displayed that the party is just as popular.kolkata Updated: Nov 23, 2016 11:28 IST
Nearly six months after sweeping back to power in the Assembly polls held earlier this year, the Trinamool Congress displayed that the party is just as popular. In the three bypolls held on November 19, Mamata Banerjee’s party won all the seats up for grabs.
Both the Left and the Congress were decimated, but the BJP made deep inroads in terms of vote share.
The Trinamool Congress won both the Tamluk and Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seats as also the Monteswar Assembly seat by record margins. record margins. While the Left and Congress suffered another crushing defeat in a row, the BJP, quite surprisingly, increased its vote share in the two Lok Sabha segments.
Clearly elated by the showing, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said the huge victory was a vote against the Centre’s demonetization move. “People have given their mandate against the Hitler-like functioning of the Centre. This is a mandate against demonetisation,” she said.
The surprise factor was Cooch Behar. The BJP candidate, Hemchandra Burman, came second in the race, pushing the Left Front nominee, Forward Bloc candidate Nripendra Nath Roy, to the third position. The Trinamool’s Partha Pratim Roy won by over 4 lakh votes.
In Cooch Behar, the BJP’s vote share shot up to 28.5%. It was 16.48% in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 6.42% in the Assembly polls in May this year. In Tamluk, too, the BJP’s vote share stood at 15.25%, up from 6.40% in 2014 and 4.82% in the Assembly polls.
In Monteswar, the BJP’s vote share remained somewhat constant at 8.5%. It was 9.39% in 2014 and 8.09% in the May polls.
The highest victory margin for the Trinamool came from Tamluk where Suvendu Adhikari’s younger brother, Dibyendu, won by a margin of 4,97,525 votes, which was far more than the margin of 2,46,481 votes recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Adhikari lead in all the seven Assembly constituencies in Tamluk.
The Opposition alleged that the polls had been rigged. CPI(M) state secretary Suryakanta Mishra said the results proved that the chief minister was out to decimate the Left by offering space to the BJP.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “Rise in the BJP’s vote share is extremely significant. I am confident that in the near future the BJP will emerge as the principal opposition party in Bengal.”
First Published: Nov 23, 2016 11:28 IST