Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress looks all set to retain power in West Bengal, shaking off a strong challenge from BJP. TMC has stretched its lead to over 200 seats, while BJP might have to settle for less than 100, as per the latest trends. The Left-Congress-ISF front has clearly been decimated.
People across the country have their eyes fixed on the West Bengal election results as the BJP looks to break into the Opposition’s last bastion in the East. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) was racing ahead in West Bengal’s electoral contest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), setting the stage for a big win in the politically crucial state, according to latest trends on Sunday afternoon. The counting of votes began at 8am, and initial leads indicated a neck-and-neck fight. Postal ballots were counted first. But as the day progressed, the TMC surged past the BJP in the race, leaving its challenger far behind. The TMC was ahead in 202 seats (seven wins) and the BJP in 87 (two wins), with the ruling party comfortably crossing the halfway mark in the state with 294 assembly seats. In the keenly watched Nandigram seat, the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari was holding on to his lead against chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was catching up fast.