Trinamool Congress wins by-poll, BJP increases vote share finishing second

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee refused to attach much importance to the announcement by the BJP youth leader

The BJP candidate, Sourindramohon Jana, came second with a whopping 52,843 votes. Last year, the same CPI nominee had finished as the runner-up to the Trinamool candidate, with 34 per cent votes while the BJP finished with just over 8 per cent.

The Left and Congress were crushed with candidates of both losing their deposits.

"Agli bar BJP sarkar (Next time, there will be BJP government)".

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On the other hand, the TMC whose victory from the Kanthi Dakshin seat was expected as East Midnapore district is a stronghold of the party, the TMC has increased its vote share by 2% compared to the 2016 assembly polls when its candidate had secured 93,359 votes. "The people of the nation are looking up to BJP's achievements in the state", Sinha said. "As a result we have come to the second spot", he added. This could cost the Left in the long run as the state heads for a triangular contest: The BJP bagged almost 15 per cent votes and a seat in the last assembly election and has been building a third front by roping in communal groups that have failed to find space in the Congress and CPM-led fronts. Appointments by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and highhandedness of the state police have triggered bickering within the Left Front. Kanthi Dakshin represents one of the strongest bases of the Trinamool Congress and is dominated by veteran MP Sishir Adhikari and his sons, transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and MP Dibyendu Adhikari. If the bypoll trend in any indicator, BJP has so far polled 30 percent of the popular vote, eroding the Left vote base which has now been relegated to third spot. "They had a nexus and votes of the Left Front and Congress went to the BJP". In 2016, BJP got around 15,223 votes while CPM secured around 59.469 votes.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sent a box of candies to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of Bengali New Year. What has happened though is that BJP has been able to consolidate the anti-TMC votes and voters who are opposed to the ruling party clearly see the saffron unit as the strongest of Opposition forces.

The CPI-M does it and even at times the Congress and the BJP do it as well".On the BJP's finishing second, she said, "Who is in the second or third position is not my concern.

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