KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress candidates were ahead in both Bongaon (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Krishnaganj assembly seat of West Bengal by 39,000 and 21,000 votes respectively.
TMC candidate Mamatabala Thakur is ahead of her nearest BJP rival Subrata Thakur by over 39,000 votes after fourth round of counting in the bypoll to Bongaon (SC) Lok Sabha seat.
TMC candidate Satyajit Biswas is ahead of his nearest BJP rival Manbendra Roy by over 21,225 votes in Krishnaganj (SC) Assembly seat after the seventh round of counting.
Counting of votes began today at 8 am in the morning.
A voter turnout of 79.80 and 81.80 per cent respectively was recorded on February 13 in the by-elections to Bongaon Lok Sabha seat and Krishnaganj Assembly seat.
The Bongaon LS seat fell vacant after the death of Trinamool Congress member Kapil Krishna Thakur on October 13 last year. His wife Mamatabala Thakur was nominated by TMC to contest the by-election.
The BJP has fielded Subrata Thakur for the Bongaon LS seat. Subrata is the son of Manjul Krishna Thakur who quit as a minister in Trinamool Congress government and joined the BJP last month.
Former minister Debesh Das is the CPI(M) nominee while Congress has fielded Kuntal Mondal as its candidate for the seat.
In the Krishnaganj seat, the election was being held due to the death of the sitting TMC MLA Sushil Biswas on October 21 last year.
TMC has fielded local party leader Satyajit Biswas for the seat, while the CPI(M) has nominated physician Apurba Biswas. Besides, the BJP has fielded Professor Manabendra Roy and Congress has fielded a local party activist Nityagopal Mondal for the seat.