TMC sweeps all four Bengal bypolls by record margins, BJP cries foul
Kolkata/IBNS: In another setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Trinamool Congress (TMC) won all four byelections, which were held in West Bengal last Saturday, including two seats which were earlier won by the saffron brigade.
In a record margin, TMC candidate Udayan Guha won from Dinhata by over 1,64,089 lakh votes.
In Mar-Apr elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Nisith Pramanik, who is now the junior Union Home Minister, had won by mere 57 votes.
Crying foul over the result, BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said, "The result of Dinhata proves everything. All people are aware. No one is a fool."
Countering Majumder, TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said, "What Election Commission is doing? Let them complain to the Election Commission."
In Santipur, TMC's Braja Kishor Goswami won by a margin of 63,892 votes.
The bypolls in the two seats were necessitated after BJP MLA-elects Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar resigned from Dinhata and Santipur respectively to retain their Lok Sabha constituencies.
In Khardah seat, which fell vacant after the demise of TMC's winning candidate Kajal Sinha, West Bengal Minister Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay retained the party's seat winning by 93,832 votes.
"This win will have an effect on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Mamata Banerjee is undoubtedly the central face of Opposition in the country now," Chattopadhyay told reporters.
The Gosaba seat, which fell vacant due to the demise of TMC MLA Jayanta Naskar, has been retained by the ruling party.
TMC's Subrata Mondal won the seat by a huge margin of 1,43,051 votes.
Reacting to her party's success, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo, Mamata Banerjee, tweeted, "My heartiest congratulations to all the four winning candidates!
"This victory is people's victory, as it shows how Bengal will always choose development and unity over propaganda and hate politics. With people's blessings, we promise to continue taking Bengal to greater heights!"
My heartiest congratulations to all the four winning candidates!— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 2, 2021
This victory is people's victory, as it shows how Bengal will always choose development and unity over propaganda and hate politics. With people's blessings, we promise to continue taking Bengal to greater heights!
Taking a dig at the BJP, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee tweeted, " A cracker free Diwali in true sense. Wishing folks at @BJP4India a very Happy Diwali!"
A cracker free Diwali in true sense. Wishing folks at @BJP4India a very Happy Diwali!💥— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) November 2, 2021