The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal increased its tally in the state legislature by one after winning the bypoll on Kaliaganj Assembly seat. Trinamool Congress leader Tapan Deb Sinha won the Kaliaganj constituency by a margin of 2,304 votes against Congress nominee Dhitashree Roy and BJP's Kamal Chandra Sarkar.
After winning the Kaliaganj, Tapan Deb Sinha said, "I am very happy with the victory. From state level leaders to booth level workers, everyone made an enormous effort to win this seat. People believed in the development of Mamata Banerjee government. Besides, people have lost their faith in BJP. The NRC, too, was a factor which went against the saffron party."
The bypoll on Kaliaganj Assembly seat was held on Monday. The bypoll at Kaliaganj was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Parmathanath Roy. Meanwhile, counting of votes for bypolls to West Bengal’s Karimpur and Kharagpur is currently underway.
According to the current trends, Trinamool Congress candidate Bimalendu Sinha Roy is leading by a margin of nearly 28,000 votes in Karimpur over his opponents. On the other hand, Trinamool Congress has taken a big lead from the Kharagpur Sadar. Trinamool’s Pradip Sarkar is ahead by more than 16,000 votes in Kharagpur Sadar seat.
The Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur seats fell vacant after the general elections as the sitting MLAs of the two seats Dilip Ghosh (BJP) and Mahua Moitra (TMC) had contested and won Lok Sabha seats. In Karimpur the CPI(M)-Congress candidate Gholam Rabbi is in the reckoning against Majumdar and the ruling TMC's Bimalendu Singha Roy. In Kharagpur Sadar the contestants are Prem Chandra Jha of BJP, Chittaranjan Mandal of the Congress-CPI(M) alliance and Pradip Sarkar of the TMC.
Nearly, 78 per cent of over seven lakh electorate had cast their votes in the bypolls to Kaliaganj, Karimpur, and Kharagpur Sadar Assembly seats where 18 candidates were in the fray.