THE TRINAMOOL Congress on Tuesday retained the two Lok Sabha seats and one Assembly seat in the state where bypolls were held on November 19, with its candidates winning by massive margin.
At Tamluk, where the bypolls took place due to the resignation of TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari, TMC registered the highest winning margin. Trinamool candidate Dibyendu Adhikari won this seat, defeating CPM rival Mandira Panda by 4.97 lakh votes, up from 2.5 lakh votes in 2014. The party also won the Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat with its candidate Parthapratim Roy drubbing his nearest rival BJP’s Hemchandra Burman by a margin of 4.9 lakh votes. He pushed Forward Bloc, a Left Front partner to the third position. Roy increased the party’s victory margin from 38,000 in 2014 to 4.9 lakh this time. BJP, however, sprung a surprise with Burman securing the second slot.
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The bypoll to Cooch Behar and Monteswar seats was necessitated following the deaths of Trinamool MP Renuka Sinha and MLA Sajal Panja respectively. In Monteswar Assembly seat, Panja’s son Saikat of Trinamool won the seat by a margin of 1.27 lakh votes, with CPM’s Mohammed Osman Gani Sarkar securing the second position. Six months ago, Saikat’s father had won the seat by 706 votes.
The CPM, Congress and BJP lost their deposits in the polls.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was visibly elated and attributed the victory to the people’s mandate against the recent decision of demonetisation. “People have given their decision against the dictatorship of the Centre. It is the revolt of the common people who voted against demonetisation. People’s anger has been reflected in the result,” she said on Tuesday.
“BJP will be nowhere after the elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The Modi government has failed to bring back the black money from abroad, as he had promised during 2014 Lok Sabha polls. As he has failed to keep his promise, common people are being harassed.
The hard earned money of the common people is being taken away,” she added.
Trinamool’s winning margin in the May Assembly polls was a mere 786 votes from the seat when Congress and CPM fought unitedly.