Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019

Election Result: BJP leading in Bengal; Mamata Banerjee losing vote share

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UPDATE: BJP would have won 30+ seats if Mamata Banerjee’s TMC had not resorted to violence: Roopa Ganguly, Rajya Sabha MP

West Bengal was a neck-and-neck battle for Bharatiya Janata party and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and in early trends Narendra Modi-led party is leading in 18 seats of 42.

Mamata Banerjee has ruled the state since 2012 and in 2014 Lok Sabha elections BJP managed to win just 2 seats – Babul Supriyo from Asansol constituency and S S Ahluwalia from Darjeeling constituency. The vote share of BJP then was just 17 percent.

In the 2019 elections vote share of BJP is expected to increase several folds and this is a threat for Mamata Banerjee who may be limited to around 20-22 seats if believed to exit poll.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah addressed several rallies in the state to convince voters based on the work done in past five years being in centre and why TMC has to go out based on corruption, syndicate, illegal immigration, NRC and unemployment.

BJP faced challenges in rallies in Bengal and every phase saw clashes as well as street battles between the two supporters of both the parties.

Election Result, BJP, Bengal, Mamata Banerjee

Meanwhile, the Left seems to be wiped out from Bengal. It is learned the Left voters and functionaries have shifted their votes on BJP apart from stopping TMC to win.

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