Anti-incumbency takes a beating: TMC set for resounding return in Bengal, LDF in Kerala, BJP in Assam | India News
(From left to right) While Mamata Banerjee in Bengal, Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam and Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala are set to win the elections, in Tamil Nadu DMK will likely defeat the ruling AIADMK led by E Palaniswami.
NEW DELHI: Three states were poised to beat the anti-incumbents on Sunday with Mamata banerjee Rising star of the day to lead his TMC to victory in West Bengal for the third consecutive term, while the BJP was poised for a comeback in Assam as was the LDF in Kerala, the Election Commission trends indicated.
As of the evening, only a few results had been declared for the four states and one union territory. As the votes were counted with strict Covid protocols, the trends pointed to a victory for Tamil naduthe opposition alliance led by DMK over the ruling AIADMK. In Puducherry, the AINRC-led NDA was heading for power.
The focus of the elections, held during March and April as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated to finally devastate much of the country, was the forceful and bitter Trinamool Congress-BJP contest in West Bengal that had dominated the headlines, classroom conversations, and political discourse.
In a victory that had Mamata Banerjee printed all over it, the TMC took the lead by 202 out of 292 seats, well above the victory mark of 147, leaving the BJP behind by 81 seats. He was a long way from three seats in the last election for the party, which featured its top leaders, including the Prime Minister. Narendra modi and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, but power remained elusive if trends were translated into results.
The Left parties, which once called the state their stronghold, and Congress were decimated and not even a factor in the eight-phase election, marked by images of Banerjee in a wheelchair with a broken leg after he was injured during the bell.
Although the TMC seemed to have successfully overcome the BJP challenge, it could well be a bittersweet moment for Banerjee herself with her own pick on Nandigram to the very end. While some channels declared his victory, the Election Commission website showed that he lagged behind his former loyalist and now BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram by about 8,700 votes.
Briefly leaving to address his fans in the evening, he was professional and firm, “Covid is our first priority.”
In terms of vote participation, the TMC obtained 48.3 percent of the votes against 38.7 for the BJP.
National Secretary General of the BJP Kailash Vijayvargiya declared the victory of his rival.
“The TMC won thanks to Mamata Banerjee. It seems that the people have chosen Didi. We will do an introspection of what went wrong, be it due to organizational problems, lack of face, internal-external debate,” he said, adding that he was surprised upon seeing BJP Deputies Babul Supriyo and Locket Chatterjee behind.
The BJP seemed to have reason to smile in Assam, where the ruling NDA was ahead of the Congress-led Grand Alliance with 75 out of 126 seats. The BJP candidates led in 56 seats, while its ally AGP had the advantage in 11 and the UPPL in eight.
The Grand Alliance was ahead in 46 seats and its spearhead Congress in 29 of them. Elated by the initial trends, Assam’s chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the people had blessed them.
“We can say with certainty that the BJP will form a government in Assam. We will return to power with our partners AGP and UPPL, “Sonowal told reporters.
In southern Kerala, the left-led LDF alliance was poised to retain Kerala, the first time in four decades that the same group could form a government for the second time in a row. The two main components of the LDF, the CPI (M) and the CPI, led together in 73 seats, two above the magic number for power in the 140-member assembly.
“I thank the people of Kerala for putting their faith in an unprecedented way in the way the previous LDF government addressed all the challenges that the people have faced and also the scourge of the pandemic. The government gave the world a model. from Kerala on how to handle the pandemic, “said CPI (M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury.
As the count progressed, the BJP was leading one seat in Kerala, less than three in the morning and three in Tamil Nadu.
Neighboring Tamil Nadu could break the trend for ruling parties to return to power, according to trends.
While the DMK was ahead in 121 seats, a feather in the cap of its president MK Stalin, and its partner Congress in 16, the ruling AIADMK was behind with 80 seats in the 234-member assembly. Victory at 118 will ensure a simple majority.
Both Dravidian parties entered the elections without their supporters, J Jayalalithaa for AIADMK and M Karunanidhi for DMK.
Tamil Nadu was also the only bright spot for Congress where the DMK-led opposition alliance, of which it is a part, seemed in a position of power to defeat the AIADMK-BJP coalition. In the rest of the states, it was a story of more losses that underscores their electoral insignificance.
Although the Election Commission had banned victory demonstrations and vehicle rallies, crowds of jubilant multi-party supporters could be seen celebrating in various venues in violation of Covid regulations. The victory drumming came against the backdrop of an election that will be remembered by large and crowded rallies, with most people without the proper masks, in the midst of the pandemic.