Live Blog: Mamata Banerjee takes lead in West Bengal Assembly Polls 2016
>Live Blog: Mamata Banerjee takes lead in West Bengal Assembly Polls 2016Counting starts in West Bengal, TMC hopeful of bucking anti-incumbency
Assembly Elections 2016: 5 stars who made a differenceWe accept the verdict of the people of W Bengal with all humility. Compliments to all comrades, supporters and those who have stood by us.— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 19, 2016 This result isn't surprising, I congratulate Mamata ji: Nitish KumarCelebrations turn violent in Asansol (WB): TMC supporters allegedly vandalize CPI(M) office, set property on fire pic.twitter.com/4ehW1FOX0l— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Development will continue.Special focus will be on employment generation& infrastructure development: Mamata BanerjeeMay cooperate on GST but have ideological differences with BJP: MamataThis is magic of people,at the end of the day they are the ones who decide who will rule, who won't-Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/6XUfwzWwVy— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 I believed in Congress ideology as I joined politics with that party, but now Congress itself has lost its ideology: Mamata BanerjeePeople have rejected slander and lies: Mamata Banerjee Mamata Banerjee says: If a party loses its ideology, it loses everything. CPI(M)-Cong have lost everything No corruption is there in Bengal. It is a 'corruption-less' state Just consider me a 'LIP', least important person: CM on if she would play a bigger role in 2019 national elections Attempts to mislead & create an atmosphere of fear among people were made but they voted peacefully, fearlessly A smear campaign was launched against us for last 2 yrs but we're thankful to people for rejecting such campaigns & giving us victory Mamata Banerjee remains the queen of BengalWe accept the verdict of people with humility. My best wishes to the parties that have won the elections— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) May 19, 2016 We fought alone this time. Last elections, Trinamool had won 184 seats in alliance. This time, Opp was united against us: CM Mamata BanerjeeWant to thank the people of Bengal for giving us a huge victory: CM Mamata Banerjee #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/3fM8yvOnGX— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Kolkata: CM Mamata Banerjee and TMC leaders show the victory sign #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/b32aDq9Rro— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 #Elections2016 West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee leading with 21539 in Bhabanipur, followed by Cong's Deepa Dasmunsi (10045 votes)— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Spoken to @MamataOfficial ji & congratulated her on the impressive victory. My best wishes to her as she begins her 2nd term.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016 Despite the exit polls predicting TMC's return to power in, Communist Party of India leader D. Raja said today Left is the alternative and force to be reckoned with in the Mamata Banerjee-ruled bastionAssembly Elections 2016 Results: TMC likely to better own score in West BengalWest Bengal results: TMC-216, Congress-37,Left-30, BJP-9, Others-2West Bengal results: TMC-214, Congress-37,Left-31, BJP-11, Others-1West Bengal polls: Celebrations outside Mamata Banerjee's house as TMC leads trends#Elections2016 West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee takes big lead of over 3000 votes over BJP's Chandra Bose in Bhabanipur— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Trinamool surges ahead in initial rounds of counting in West Bengal#Elections2016 West Bengal: BJP's Chandra Bose closes gap in Bhabanipur constituency, Mamata Banerjee now leads by 158 votes— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 TMC leading in West Bengal with 191 seats, Congress-41, Left-37, BJP-12, Others-0Latest trends: TMC-186, Congress-38, Left-37, BJP-12, Others-0Trinamool ahead in West Bengal poll countLatest data on West Bengal: TMC-179, Congress-34, Left-36, BJP-11, Others-1Latest data on West Bengal election results: TMC-83, Congress-12,Left-13, BJP-2,RSP-1, GJM-2, Independent-1BJP's Chandra Bose in third position in Bhabanipur constituency in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee leads#Elections2016 West Bengal: According to latest EC data after first round of counting TMC leads in 13 seats, Left alliance in 9, BJP in 1— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 #Elections2016 West Bengal: TMC's candidate from Siliguri Bhaichung Bhutia trails CPIM candidate Ashok Bhattacharya by 1373 votes— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 West Bengal Assembly polls: Trinamool takes early leadIs Mamata coming back as CM of West Bengal? The part is now leading in 59 seats of the 77 for which trends are availableIt looks like a clear sweep for TMC in West Bengal. The part is now leading in 86 seats, with the Left and Congress way behind with 5 and 6 leads, respectivelyThe TMC seems to have taken a commanding lead in the early trends, with 30 seats compared to a single seat each for its three opponents - Left, Congress and BJP!#Election2016 West Bengal latest EC data from postal ballots: TMC leading on 11 seats, Left leading on 8 seats, BJP leading on 1— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Now TMC increases its lead to 6. BJP is still leading in one, while the Congress is yet to make a markTMC is fastest off the blocks, taking a lead in 3 seats so far, while the BJP has taken a lead in one seatTrends for West Bengal are still awaited, but we will have them all here as soon as they start coming inCounting has begun for results to the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly. Mamata Banerjee is widely expected to lead her TMC party back to powerExit polls give Bengal to Mamata, Assam to BJP, Kerala to Left, TN to DMKWest Bengal assembly elections: Over 74% turnout in final phase, polling endsA security person stands guard as voters wait in a queue to cast votes at a polling station during the final phase of West Bengal Assembly elections in Coochbeahar district PTI Overall poll percentage for the 6th & final phase of WB elections at 3 PM is 74.15%Overall poll percentage for the 6th phase in WB elections at 1 PM is 61.88%Nearly 50 percent turnout till noonWest Bengal assembly polls: 45% voter turnout recorded in first four hours103 year old Asgar Ali casts his vote at a polling booth in Dinhata(Cooch Behar,West Bengal) pic.twitter.com/fWImriwmDV— ANI (@ANI_news) May 5, 2016 45.88% poll percentage recorded till 11am in the sixth and final phase of West Bengal assembly elections.West Bengal assembly polls: 23% voter turnout recorded in first two hoursWest Bengal assembly polls: PM Modi urges voters to cast votes in large numbersWest Bengal assembly polls: 50,000 security personnel to guard last phase https://t.co/BwiBCpDzed— Business Standard (@bsindia) May 4, 2016 At least 15 of the candidates are crorepatis while 33 of them have declared criminal cases against themselves.The number of female candidates contesting in the sixth phase is 18Why no action taken against 33 Congress MPs in Rajya Sabha, asks TMCWheelchairs in 4,000 polling premises in Bengal’s East MidnaporeThe politics of patronage in Mamata's Bengal https://t.co/2eVFrZPlvM— Business Standard (@bsindia) May 3, 2016 West Bengal polls: Phase-6West Bengal assembly polls: 244 crorepati candidates; TMC tops chart with 114Paradoxes in West Bengal's Assembly polls 4 people killed & 3 injured in a crude bomb blast in West Bengal's Malda last night (Visuals from hospital) pic.twitter.com/9uJtqmGCU3— ANI (@ANI_news) May 2, 2016 TMC seeks to raise chopper deal in RS, Chair rejects noticeTMC will be wiped out after poll results on May 19: Adhir ChowdhuryFIR against TMC leader for comments against CPI(M) poll agentsWest Bengal assembly polls: Battle for prestige at Bhowanipore https://t.co/BOk1yTFtgL— Business Standard (@bsindia) April 30, 2016 Final voting percentage recorded in: Phase1 A: 84.22 %, Phase 1 B: 83.73 % 2nd phase:83.05% 3rd phase:82.28% 4th phase:81.25%FIR has been lodged and action has been initiated against TMC leader Sonali Guha: Sandeep Saxena,Election Commission pic.twitter.com/UfgI8nj0JH— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 At 5 pm voter turnout reported is 78.25% in 5th phase of #WestBengalPolls: Sandeep Saxena, Election Commission pic.twitter.com/uoov826Daz— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 Trinamool accuses central forces of misbehaving with votersPolling ends for fifth phase in West Bengal assembly pollsWest Bengal assembly polls: 72% voting recorded till 3 pm; 7 injured in violenceI am very proud. I have struggled a lot to be here. Voters are cooperating and their response is good: Riya Sarkar pic.twitter.com/FHQJvQdJTb— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 Riya Sarkar has become the first presiding officer for a booth in Kolkata in the West Bengal assembly electionsKolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee after casting her vote for the 5th phase of #WestBengal Assembly elections pic.twitter.com/zchmQ9gXkL— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 West Bengal assembly polls: Over 57% vote in 6 hoursKolkata:TMC MP Moon Moon Sen, her daughters Raima & Riya after casting their votes in #WestBengal Assembly elections pic.twitter.com/zlrXd4732N— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 FIR against TMC leader for comments against CPI(M) poll agentsBJP indulging in communal politics, says TMC MLA post 'mini Pakistan' remarkPoll percentage for West Bengal assembly polls 5th phase is 54.75% till 1pmSourav Ganguly casts his vote for the 5th phase of #WestBengal Assembly elections, in Kolkata pic.twitter.com/y3kS77EiO3— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2016 West Bengal assembly polls: 38% cast their votes in first 4 hrsWest Bengal assembly polls: TMC, CPI(M) workers clash in HooghlyWest Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee at an election campaign rally in support of party candidates in Kolkata PTI West Bengal assembly polls: 20% voter turnout recorded in first two hoursBengal assembly polls: Fifth phase of polling begins amid tight securityRequesting all voters voting in the 5th phase of West Bengal polls today to vote in large numbers & be a part of this festival of democracy.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2016 Severe heatwave condition in West Bengal at 45 degree CelsiusSecurity officials & polling officials collect election material before departing for their respective booths from a distribution centre ahead of 5th phase of assembly elections, in Sreerampore PTI West Bengal assembly polls: Transwoman to manage transgender poll boothWhich way will Singur sway?West Bengal Assembly Elections: Political heavyweights in 5th phase tomorrow https://t.co/BNDUpye2c1— Business Standard (@bsindia) April 29, 2016 West Bengal assembly polls: 10 crude bombs seized by police; none heldHigh-decibel campaign for crucial penultimate phase ends https://t.co/spFhQ4ahy0— Business Standard (@bsindia) April 28, 2016 Tata's Nano remains central issue in Singur even after 8 yearsBJP questions TMC, CPI(M)'s silence on VVIP chopper dealWest Bengal's debt burden rises 64% in six yearsOne dead and two injured while making crude bomb, which exploded in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.— ANI (@ANI_news) April 28, 2016 From a seemingly mundane election that had Mamata Banerjee invincible for the seat, the West Bengal Assembly Election has taken several twists and turns. While the Left and Congress have buried their hatchet, the battleground will now foresee—TMC, BJP, and Congress-CPI(M)—fighting for the throne. The polls will highlight BJP’s effort of making its presence felt in the state; Congress keen on ousting the Mamata Banerjee government by highlighting the charges of corruption leveled against the TMC party members; and CPI(M) seems to be completely in disarray. What are the numbers? The Election Commission has split the elections across 294 Assembly constituencies into six phases, with the first phase divided in two parts. The highest number of candidates going to polls on Monday is 10 from Chhatna, Bankura. The least number of candidates is 3 from Keshpur (SC) from Paschim Mednapur. Only 5 constituencies out of 31 have more than one woman candidate. Two of these constituencies are Scheduled Caste reserved constituencies. Chandrakona (SC), Sonamukhi (SC), Bankura, Raniganj and Asansol Uttar. Worse, all of them have just two women candidates. With the first phase’s poll hitting record of 80% of 40.09 lakh electors, expectations rise high as polling in most Naxal-infiltrated areas are over. As per the Election Commission data, both BJP and AITMC are contesting on 31 seats, CPI(M) is contesting 19 seats and Congress 8. The other left allies like AIFB, RSP and CPI have chosen single seat to contest. BSP is contesting on 8 seats. While, 46 individuals contesting for 31 seats, the voter turnout lies unpredictable. Total number of voters in the constituencies are a little over 40 lakh (40,09,171) out of which 20,47,202 are males. The third gender category list comprise of only 16 voters. There are total 4,945 polling stations out of which 1,962 have been classified as critical ones by the Election Commission. Who stands tall? The Trinamool Congress is undoubtedy, the most powerful political force in the State and Mamata Banerjee, the most popular political leader. The Left rule of Congress, coping with the end of three-plus decades rule after 2011’s blow, is now strong only in a few pockets. For BJP, the main stiff would be to hold onto its vote bank of nearly 17% as it has not been able to gain momentum post its 2014 high. Much like the youth wing of the All India Forward Bloc, many returned to their old parties after joining BJP. On one side there’s Surjya Kanta Mishra from Narayangarh constituency in West Medinipur district— Communist party of India’s (Marxists) chief ministerial candidate and state secretary. On the other side, there’s Chhaya Dolui contesting from Chandrakona seat (ST)— Trinamool Congress. Corruption at its peak The collapse of flyover came as a whiplash for opposition to tarnish TMC’s image. With BJP leader Siddharth Nath claiming to have documents to prove that Mamata, as railway minister, had granted favours to IVRCL, the company that was building the flyover, TMC needs to be alarmed. Post Saradha scam where about Rs 3,000 crore was swindled and lakhs of investors got duped, and the Naradha sting operation that showed some of TMC leaders allegedly accepting bribes, corruption is a major poll plank for the Congress-Left Front alliance, apart from “restoration of democracy.” After TMC has come to power, the rape cases have increased but the government either blamed the victim or cried conspiracy. Political violence has also increased, where even the police are not spared from party onslaught. Economic took a downward slope, with no clear focus on land acquisition policy, and low investor confidence. Mamata Banrerjee once remarked selling ‘pakoras’ is an industrial activity, and the “syndicate raj” run by her party has dented its image. How high are the stakes? Although CPI(M) has never lost any election from Narayangarh constituency, tenth-pass Dolui gives stern competition. In 2011, after securing 88,804 votes for CPI(M), Mishra switched onto TMC. Ghatal(SC) constituency situated in Paschim Medinipur district is another lookout. With powerm CPI(M) leader like Gurudas Dasgupta having represented the seat in 2009, to famous Tollywood actor Adhikari Deepak (Dev), representing AITMC in 2014, there has been a major shuffle for voters. This time, Kamal Dolul is representing CPI(M), while Shankar Dolui is representing AITMC in the Assembly elections. All major candidates are mostly contesting seats in key constituencies, including Raniganj, Bishnupur, Bankura, Sonamukhi, Dantan, Barjora, and Asansol Dakhin, with chances of massive reshuffle in representation of seats.