KOLKATA 2 NOV: The Trinamool Congress seems to have got more entrenched in West Bengal as the results of the four by-elections which saw all the TMC candidates win.
The state also saw the thinning down of BJP vote share. The constituencies that went for by-election include Dinhata, Gosaba, Santipur, and Khardaha. The result showed that the BJP got 16 per cent fewer votes in comparison to what it called for during the last Assembly election in three out of four constituencies that went for the by-election.
At Dinhata, TMC candidate Udayan Guha won by 1,64,089 votes while Gosaba candidate Subrata Mondal won by 1,43,051 votes. In Santipur, Braja Kishor Goswami won by 65,892 votes and in Khardaha, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay won by 93,832 votes.
With the win of four constituencies, TMC won 217 seats in total. With defections, BJP has got 70 seats in Bengal. Banerjee congratulated all four candidates in a tweet and maintained that the victory is for the triumph of people.
It is worth mentioning that in Dinhata the saffron brigade won marginally by around 60 votes that went to TMC’s Udayan Guha, and the margin is over 1 lakh. Both CPI(M) and Congress have washed away in the recently concluded by-election.
The bypoll to Shantipur was necessitated by the resignation of BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar, who too resigned from the assembly seat in favour of retaining his Lok Sabha membership. State minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who left from Bhowanipore to facilitate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election to the Assembly is fighting from Khardah, where TMC’s Kajal Sinha died due to COVID-19, just days after polls to the seat were held. Bypoll to the Gosaba seat in Sunderbans was also necessitated by the death of TMC’s Jayanta Naskar, who too was suffering from COVID-19.
However, the EC has deployed 27 companies of central armed forces in Dinhata, 22 in Shantipur, 20 in Khardah, and 23 in Gosaba, an official said.
According to BJP leaders, they need to analyse the vote result before commenting anything.
Dilip Ghosh, BJP leader, said, “We need to analyse the cause of our defeat in the four constituencies before commenting anything.”