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Mamata urges TMC to win West Bengal for third term, BJP returns in Assam and LDF in Kerala | India News


NEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee mounted the BJP challenge to lead her Trinamool Congress to triumph for the third consecutive term in West Bengal on Sunday, while the BJP was set to return in Assam and the LDF in Kerala, iconic match victories rulers who decisively defeated the anti-incumbency syndrome.
However, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry voted against the headlines: AIADMK prepared to give way to the DMK-led opposition alliance in the first and the AINRC-led NDA headed for power in the second.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his congratulations to Banerjee, Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and DMK’s MK Stalin.
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 high-risk and fierce TMC-BJP competition in West Bengal that had dominated headlines. , classroom conversations and political speeches.
It was a victory that left Mamata Banerjee in print all over the place with the TMC gaining 21 seats and leading in 190 out of the 292-member chamber, a possible 211 seats comfortably above the winning mark of 147. But his own seat in Nandigram was. in danger. .
The tantalizing ha-she-won-got-her-game didn’t play out for much of the day, as votes were counted according to strict Covid protocols. While some TV channels declared his victory, the Election Commission website at 8 pm showed that he was behind his once loyal and now BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in his local Nandigram constituency by more than 4,392 votes.
Banerjee conceded the defeat to Adhikari, who proved to be a tough competitor and could well emerge as one of the party’s most powerful leaders.
“I respect the verdict of the Nandigram people, but I won a landslide victory in Bengal,” Banerjee said. He added that he would move to court against the ‘mischief’ in Nandigram.
The BJP, which worked hard to build breakthroughs in the state and gave it its all, was far behind with just 78 seats. It was a far cry from three seats in the last election for the party, which featured its top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, but power in the state turned out to be elusive.
The left-wing parties, which once called the state their stronghold, and Congress were demolished and not even a factor in the eight-phase election. The campaign was marked by images of Banerjee in a wheelchair with a thick cast on his leg after he was injured during the campaign.
In a short speech to party workers, Banerjee was serious and serious.
“Addressing COVID-19 is a priority,” he said, calling for a grand swearing-in ceremony not to be organized and for a victory rally in Kolkata only after the pandemic ended.
“It is the victory of Bengal and democracy,” he said.
In terms of vote participation, the TMC obtained 48.1 percent of the votes against 37.8 for the BJP.
The BJP had reason to smile in Assam, where the ruling NDA was ahead of the Congress-led Grand Alliance with leads and results at 80 out of 126 seats.
The BJP won eight seats and took the lead by 53, while its ally AGP was poised for 11 seats and the UPPL eight.
The Grand Alliance was ahead by about 40 seats and its leading Congress by 27 of that.
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 Kerala, the left-led LDF alliance prepared for another term, 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 79 seats, comfortably above the magic number of 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.
Among the prominent losers was ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan, who had joined the BJP with much fanfare before the election.
The BJP was ahead in three seats in Kerala and four in Tamil Nadu, and its efforts to make an electoral dent in the two southern states were paying off.
As the count progressed, the BJP fell short in Kerala and led by three in Tamil Nadu.
The DMK was ahead by 126 seats in Tamil Nadu, a feather on the cap of its president Stalin. Its partner Congress was ahead at 16, while the AIADMK would likely end up with just 76 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.

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