In a spectacular victory, the ruling Trinamool Congress is set to retain its power in West Bengal for a third consecutive term.
Despite heavy campaigning by party's big guns including PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the BJP was restircted to less than 80 seats.
As per the latest data from the Election Commission, TMC is on its course to win over 210 seats in a 294-member Assembly.
However, in the much anticipated battle of Nandigram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari by 1956 votes. Mamata said the verdict it is not a big deal and asked her supporters 'not to worry.'
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi congratulated the Trinamool Congress and Mamnata Banerjee for the massive win and promised that Centre would lend support to the state government.
The month-long West Bengal election that was held in eight phases under the shadow of a raging pandemic saw blame games, insider-outsider debates, political attacks and loud jingles of 'Khela Hobe' vs 'Khela Shesh'. This even as Covid cases shot up both in Bengal and across the country.
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Aishe Ghosh trails in the third place in Jamuria
- Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, who contested on CPI(M) candidate from West Bengal's Jamuria assembly seat bagged only 24,818 votes to emerge third.
- Trinamool Congress' Hareram Singh, who won the seat bagging 71,002 votes to outsmart BJP's Tapas Kumar Roy by a margin of 8,051 to emerge winner.
- Incidentally, the 26-year-old Ghosh was given the ticket by the CPI(M) over sitting MLA Jahanara Khan.
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari wins the Nandigram seat by 1956 votes
Left Front, Congress fail to win any seats in Bengal Assembly
- For the first time since 1947, the Left front and the Congress failed to secure even a single seat in West Bengal.
- In the 2016 state assembly elections, Left Front won 26 seats while Congress 44 seats.
- Tally of both the parties has come down to zero.
- With this loss, the Left Front has no representative in Lok Sabha and state Assembly.
(Inputs from ENS)
Nandigram: In round 16, Mamata Banerjee's lead significantly reduced
In letter to Bengal Chief Electoral Officer, TMC asks for 'immediate recounting in Nandigram'
TMC asks for recount in Nandigram after BJP's Suvendu defeats Mamata Banerjee
Three-member Trinamool Congress delegation is meeting Chief Electoral Officer at EC Office in Kolkata seeking a recount of votes in Nandigram and other issues— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
West Bengal Governor wishes Mamata Banerjee on TMC's Bengal victory
Tomorrow at 7.00 PM, the chief minister will be calling on me at Raj Bhawan, says Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar
U-turn for TMC in Nandigram? Suvendu Adhikari thanks Nandigram voters after 'win'
My sincere thanks to the great People of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings, and support, and for choosing me as their representative and the MLA from #Nandigram. It is my never-ending commitment to be of service to them and working for their welfare. I am truly grateful! pic.twitter.com/oQyeYswDa8— Suvendu Adhikari • ???????? ??????? (@SuvenduWB) May 2, 2021
Victory signs for 'Banglaar meye'
PM Modi congratulates CM Mamata Banerjee on TMC's victory
Congratulations to Mamata Didi for Trinamool Congress' win in West Bengal. The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic: PM Narendra Modi— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
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No victory rally for TMC in view of COVID crisis
No grand oath-taking ceremony to be organised; mega victory rally in Kolkata when pandemic is over: CM Mamata Banerjee
'Please do not speculate': Mamata Banerjee on Nandigram vote count
The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate.— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) May 2, 2021
TMC won despite PM Modi, ministers campaigning: Uddhav Thackeray
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Top priority to battle COVID surge: Didi
"For us, combating the COVID-19 situation will be the topmost priority. This is victory of Bengal and only Bengal can do it," she said in her brief message to party workers.
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'Bangla nijer meye kei chaaye': Mamata Banerjee wins Nandigram
Banerjee defeated her arch-rival Suvendu Adhikari with a thin margin of 1,200 votes as the much-anticipated 'battle of Nandigram' concluded.
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Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulates CM Mamata
'Quitting this space', declares Prashant Kishor
"I am quitting this space," Kishor told a mediahouse after trends showed a landslide victory for the TMC, the party whose election strategy he helped craft for the assembly elections.
Mamata Banerjee trailing by 6 votes
After 16th round, Mamata Banerjee is trailing by 6 votes in Nandigram.
Mamata Banerjee is leading by over 3000 votes
After 14th round of couting of votes, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is leading by 3,132 votes.
JNU student wing president Aishe Ghosh loses to TMC nominee
JNU's student wing president Aishe Ghosh has been defeated by TMC candidate in Jamuria AC.
CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Didi for landslide victory
'Mandate has given TMC workers energy'
We really don't want to celebrate but there was an anti-campaign against TMC. Our workers were under pressure. This mandate has given them energy. Still, we're telling them not to celebrate due to COVID situation: Sayan Deb Chatterjee, State Secretary, WB Trinamool Youth Congress
People of Bengal defeated politics of hate: Akhilesh Yadav
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TMC workers gather outside BJP office in Kolkata
People of Bengal gave befitting reply to repeated attacks on Mamata: Partha Chatterjee on poll trends
"We have always talked about unity and development... and the way the CM had worked for the welfare of people by risking her life amid the pandemic, has reflected in the election results," TMC general secretary said.
Mehbooba Mufti congratulates CM Mamata
Primary task of new TMC govt will be to put health system back on track: Firhad Hakim
Asserting that the TMC will storm back to power in West Bengal, senior party leader and outgoing urban development minister Firhad Hakim on Sunday said the primary task of the new government would be to put the state's "derailed health system back on track", amid the relentless surge in COVID-19 cases.
EC fumes over parties taking out victory rallies
ECI takes serious note of reports coming in of congregation(s) of people to celebrate anticipated victory. EC has directed Chief Secretaries of all 5 states to file FIR in each such case, suspend concerned SHO and report action taken immediately of each such incidence: ECI
TMC workers defy EC ban, celebrate party leads in Asansol
TMC's Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay leading from Bhabanipur constituency.
For Chattopadhyay, who had fought assembly elections seven times and won each of the contests, the constituency is his home turf as he is a resident of the area and exercises his franchise there.
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari continues to lead from Nandigram
TMC leading in over 18 seats: EC
We will cross magic number: BJP's Vijayvarigiya
Too early to say anything because there are so many rounds. Situation will be clear only by evening. We had started from 3 & were challenged that we won't get even 100, we have crossed that mark. We will cross the magic number too: Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP#WestBengalPolls pic.twitter.com/ZS5LmrGcNF— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
TMC candidates leading
- TMC candidate Becharam Manna leading in Singur, according to initial trends.
- TMC candidates Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay & Firhad Hakim leading from Bhabanipur & Kolkata Port seats respectively, according to initial trends.
BJP leading in Sitakulchi, TMC in Junglemahal
- In Sitalkuchi Assembly Constituency, where four persons were gunned down by the central force, BJP is leading by 953 votes after the first round.
- In Dalit dominated Junglemahal where BJP performed impressively in 2019 LS polls, TMC is leading in 16 assembly seats out of 27
Latest updates from Bengal correspondent
- BJP's Swapan Dasgupta is trailing by 1886 votes after second round in Tarakeshwar AC, Hooghly.
- After third round, Mamata is trailing by 8,206 votes in Nandigram. There are 14 rounds left to be counted.
- TMC leading in 189 and BJP in 98.
- LF-CONG-ISF alliance in 5 seats.
TMC's Aroop Biswas leading over his BJP rival Babul Supriyo in Tollygunge
Madan Mitra leading from Kamarhati
Official trends show TMC's Madan Mitra leading from Kamarhati.
Mamata trailing in Nandigram after round 3 of voting
After the third round, Mamata is trailing by 8,206 votes in Nandigram. There are 14 rounds left to be counted.
TMC leading by over 4000 votes in Singur assembly constituency
In the Singur assembly constituency of Hooghly district, the TMC is leading by 4466 votes. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP secured over 10000 votes from these seats
CM Mamata Banerjee trailing at the end of second round in Nandigram
After the second round, Mamata Banerjee is trailing by 3,460 votes in Nandigram.
Babul Supriyo trailing by 4500 votes in Tollygunge seat
BJP MP Babul Supriyo is trailing by 4500 votes in the Tollygunge constituency in Kolkata.
Didi trailing in key constitiency: Nandigram
After the first round, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is trailing by 1,497 votes in the Nandigram constituency. Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district of Bengal will decide the fate of two heavyweights -- BJP's Suvendu Adhikari and TMC's Mamata Banerjee. Nandigram seat has a special place in Bengal’s politics as Mamata launched her biggest political movement here against the Left government in 2007.
TMC leading on 3 seats, according to EC trends
The Left combine is leading in three places
The Left-Congress-ISF candidates are leading in three places.
Early trends show TMC, BJP locked in neck-and-neck tussle
The TMC and challenger BJP were Sunday locked in a neck-and-neck contest in West Bengal as counting of postal ballots was underway, with the ruling party having a slight edge, officials said.
Neck and neck battle in Bengal
Early leads show BJP and TMC chasing each other.
While BJP is leading on 64 seats, TMC is ahead on 66 seats.
Counting agent hospitalised in Bengal
Gopal Som, a counting agent of Congress candidate from Panihati (North 24 Parganas), Tapas Majumder, was taken to a hospital after he fell unconscious at the counting centre.
Counting visuals from Bengal
Counting of votes for #WestBengalPolls is underway. Visuals from a counting centre in Haldia of East Midnapore where votes in Haldia, Mahishadal and Nandigram are being counted.— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
TMC leader and CM Mamata Banerjee had contested against BJP's Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram. pic.twitter.com/Z7T7mJhw7E
Poll campaign rallies lead to sharp rise in COVID-19 cases
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Counting of votes for West Bengal election begins
Counting of votes for West Bengal Assembly Elections and four other states begins.
Trinamool Congress, BJP in silent mode ahead of verdict
As the state witnessed a month-long fierce electoral battle, both the TMC and the saffron camp claimed on Saturday that they would secure majority in two third of the West Bengal's 294 Assembly constituencies.
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