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TMC wins Howrah but down in 2 Assembly segments

In 2009 the TMC and Congress had fought the polls together

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata |
June 6, 2013 4:02:58 am

With her party candidate Prasun Banerjee winning the Howrah Lok Sabha bypoll by a margin of 26,965 votes,CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday emphasised on the need to go alone (ekla cholo re).

The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of TMC MP Ambica Banerjee who had won by a margin of 37,392 votes against the CPM in 2009. In 2009 the TMC and Congress had fought the polls together. However,an analysis of the result of the contest this time is likely to set the alarm bells ringing in the Trinamool Congress.

The jitters come from the seven Assembly segments under the Howrah LS seat. In 2011,these segments had given the TMC lead of 184,000 votes. The combined lead in these segments this time has dipped to 26,965 votes. In 2011,all the seven assembly segments were held by the TMC,but this time two have been wrested by the CPM. Prasun Banerjee got leads in Howrah Central,Howrah North,Bally,Panchla, Shibpur; the CPM got lead in Howrah South and Sankrail.

Going by the 2009 LS polls,the TMC is down by 10,000 votes. Two years after coming to power,the TMC seems to have lost urban support base though Prasun Banerjee got 4,26,387 (44.52 per cent) votes while CPM’s Srideep Bhattacharya got 3,99,422 votes (41.85 per cent); the Congress nominee got 96,743 votes (10 per cent).

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