KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has claimed victory in all four seats in West Bengal by-polls. According to the latest trends shared by the Election Commission on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress-led by a huge margin in all the four assembly constituencies in West Bengal, where by-polls were held on October 30, report agencies.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and congratulated all the candidates for emerging victorious in the bypolls. She further said, "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!."
In Dinhata in Coochbehar district, earlier considered a BJP stronghold, TMC's Udayan Guha was ahead of his nearest rival, BJP's Ashok Mandal, by a massive margin of 1,31,890 votes, according to news agency PTI.
After 15 rounds, Guha secured 1,51,163 votes, whereas Mandal bagged just 19,562 votes.
After 15 rounds of counting, the TMC was ahead of its rival BJP in the Gosaba assembly segment in South 24 Parganas by an impressive margin of 1,33,318 votes. TMC's Subrata Mondal secured 1,51,452 votes, whereas BJP's Palash Rana, the nearest rival garnered a mere 18,134 votes.
In Santipur assembly constituency, famous for its handloom industry, TMC's Braja Kishore Goswami was leading over his nearest rival - BJP's Niranjan Biswas - by a margin of 24,330.
Goswami bagged 52,776 votes, whereas Biswas bagged 28,446 votes after the eighth round.
The polls are being held amidst tight security. Besides imposing section 144 on a 100-meter radius of counting venues, there is a tight three-tier security layer around them, officials said.
The bypolls were necessitated as the BJP MLAs for Dinhata and Santipur resigned to retain their MP seats while the TMC legislators of Kharadah and Gosaba died.