With trends favouring BJP at the Centre and the party making deep inroads in West Bengal, the saffron party workers in Kolkata burst into celebrations. BJP workers were seen distributing sweets, shouting slogans “phir ek bar Modi sarkar” and dancing to the beat of drums in various parts of the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be making deep inroads into West Bengal by leading in 16 seats, while Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is currently ahead in 25 seats in the state.
The Congress is leading in one constituency, while the Left is yet to to take a lead in any of the 42 constituencies.
As per initial trends, the TMC has so far secured 44.61 per cent votes, closely followed by the BJP, which has bagged 38.99 per cent votes.
The CPI(M) and the Congress have garnered a meagre 6.66 per cent and 5.44 per cent share of the pie respectively.
In the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, the TMC has 34 seats in West Bengal, whereas the BJP has only two. The Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front have four and two seats respectively.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo is leading in Asansol constituency by 54984 votes against Moon Moon Sen of the TMC.
Union Minister and BJP candidate S S Ahluwalia is leading by 23444 votes against Mamtaz Sanghamita of the TMC in Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat.
Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, is leading by 50931 votes in Diamond Harbour constituency. He is the sitting MP from the seat.
In Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Raju Bista is leading by 70901 votes against Amar Singh Rai of the TMC.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh is leading by just 253 votes against Manas Ranjan Bhunia of the TMC in Medinipur Lok Sabha seat.
In Barrackpore seat, TMC candidate Dinesh Trivedi is trailing by 2292 votes against Arjun Singh of the BJP.
In Kolkata North constituency, two-time TMC MP from the seat, Sudip Bandopadhyay, is leading by 22034 votes against Rahul Sinha of the BJP.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit is trailing by 68575 votes against Khalilur Rahman of the TMC in Jangipur constituency. Abhijit had won the seat by a narrow margin of 8,161 votes in the 2014 general elections.
In Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC candidate and popular actor Dipak Adhikari (Dev) is leading by 10,474 votes against former IPS officer and BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh.
In Purulia, Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of the BJP is leading by 24431 votes against Mriganka Mahato of the TMC.
Sougata Roy of the TMC is leading by 8542 votes against Samik Bhattacharya of BJP in Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat.
In the prestigious Kolkata South constituency, Mala Roy of AITC is leading by 212149 votes against BJP’s Chandra Bose, grand-nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Mahua Moitra of the AITC is leading by 44114 votes against Kalyan Chaubey of the BJP in Krishnagar, while West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee is trailing behind Subhas Sarkar of the BJP by 24561 votes in Bankura.
In Baharampur, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress is leading by 26852 votes against Apurba Sarkar of the TMC.
In Alipurduar seat in North Bengal, John Barla of the BJP is leading by 45522 votes against Dasrath Tirkey of the TMC.
BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee is leading by 38855 votes over TMC candidate Ratna De Nag in Hoogly parliamentary constituency, according to the trends.
Counting of votes for 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal began at 8 am on Thursday, an election official said. Around 25,000 personnel have been deployed to count votes in 379 counting halls, which are being guarded by 82 companies of Central forces. All the counting centers have been kept under the strict vigilance of CCTVs.
Elections in the state were held in seven-phases beginning April 11, with 466 candidates, including 54 women, in the fray.