The BJP which was confident of winning 200 seats in West Bengal is left in tatters, at least in the early trends, as the party so far is not even able to go past the 90-mark. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the other hand is dominating. The Mamta Banerjee-led party has crossed the 200-mark out of the 292 seats in the Assembly as per trends at 12.30 pm.
The elections that were held amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a fierce battle between the BJP and the TMC.
BJP left no stone unturned to win the election. The party managed to hold mega rallies by bringing in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for the poll campaign. However, a lack of local leadership and a credible face against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems to have worked against the saffron party, according to political analysts.
Political experts are also of the view that the TMC, more specifically political strategist Prashant Kishore, was successful in building the narrative of Bengalis versus outsiders and projecting Mamata as Bengal’s own daughter. Experts said that BJP has failed in its attempt to consolidate Hindu votes in its favour as the West Bengal voter is politically sensitive and aware.
Many popular faces including actors fielded by the BJP are losing the battle against Trinamool Congress. Meanwhile, many TMC supporters were seen openly celebrating the victory of the party.
Mamata trailing in Nandigram
As per trends till 12.30 pm, Mamata Banerjee was trailing in the high-profile battle with BJP Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram Assembly constituency. Adhikari, a strong leader in the region, is currently leading. However, TMC leaders are of the opinion that as more votes are counted, TMC will win Nandigram too.
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