Updated: May 2, 2021 11:13:12 pm
JUST IN: Suvendu Adhikari defeats Mamata Banerjee by 1,736 votes in Nandigram as per EVM count.
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Trinamool Congress has written to the Chief Electoral Officer seeking “immediate re-counting of votes in Nandigram AC 210 and postal ballots”.
Trinamool Congress writes to Chief Electoral office, West Bengal for, “immediate re-counting of votes in Nandigram AC 210 and postal ballots.” pic.twitter.com/BKCpdzrMf2
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Adhikari told ANI, “My sincere thanks to great people of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings, support and for choosing me as their representative and MLA from Nandigram. It’s my never-ending commitment to be of service to them and working for their welfare. I’m truly grateful.”
Speaking about Nandigram, Banerjee told the press, “Don’t worry about Nandigram. For struggle you have to sacrifice something. I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It’s okay. Let the people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don’t mind. We will review the results and go to court if required. I have information that after the declaration of results, there were some manipulations done and I will reveal those. But we won more than 221 seats and BJP has lost the election.”
In the last assembly elections, the seat was won by Suvendu Adhikari, who was then a part of the TMC. Mamata Banerjee is seeking a consecutive third term in the state after she decimated the Left in 2011 elections. The TMC has a strong support base among the minorities in Bengal, who constitute 27 per cent of the total population. The TMC, which has now been in power for nearly 10 years, faces anti-incumbency, with the BJP emerging as a formidable opposition party in the state
The erosion in support for traditional parties in Bengal, especially the Left parties, provided the BJP an opening into the political arena, turning them into a formidable force.
The BJP’s recent rise in Bengal can be gauged from these numbers: In the 2011 Assembly elections, BJP garnered only 4.06 per cent votes and failed to open its account while in 2016, it won only three seats. Its vote share jumped to 10.16 per cent.
The BJP sprang a surprise by increasing its tally from two seats to 18 in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. To check the saffron surge, the TMC went on an overdrive in announcing new schemes besides making sure that its previous welfare programmes stay fresh on the minds of the people.
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