BJP makes strong inroad in Bengal by winning 18 seats in the state. (Photo: Mint)
BJP makes strong inroad in Bengal by winning 18 seats in the state. (Photo: Mint)

WB Election Result Highlights: BJP creates history in Bengal

  • Exit poll turns true for BJP in Bengal. PM Narendra Modi-led party gets a massive 18 seats from the state
  • At the end of the tally, Trinamool Congress won 22 seats followed by BJP with 18 seats and Congress 2 seats

Ruling party TMC bags 22 seats this time in West Bengal while BJP gets 18 seats and Congress takes hold of two seats in the state. Meanwhile, CPI(M) did not get a single seat this time. This has happened for the first time since the foundation of the party in Bengal in 1964.

This shows BJP made stunning inroads in Trinamool Congress-ruled state, showing a virtual saffron sweep in the state's northern parts, as also the western tribal heartland. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party managed to hold on to its ground in and around Kolkata and a major chunk of the south Bengal. TMC won only by three seats from BJP. For the very first time, the state saw this kind of result. Historically, the two major parties of Bengal were CPI(M) and TMC. This result somehow shows that both the parties are losing ground in the state somehow.

Elections started on 11 April in Bengal and the last phase voted on 19 May.

Going back to the last Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress could do little in the state. Among the 42 seats in the state, the BJP has at present only 2 seats with the Congress having 4 seats. The Marxist Communist Party has won from 2 places and the remaining 34 seats are with the All India Trinamool Congress.

This year Bengal did not witness a peaceful election. Right from the beginning, several reports of violence were reported from various parts. West Bengal was the only state where the Election Commission ordered to complete the campaign before time following an agitation last week. The state government was asked to wrap up the campaign by 16 May.


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24 May 2019, 08:45:19 AM IST

TMC wins majority, but BJP gives a tough time

Though Mamata Banerjee wins majority in Bengal with 22 seats, BJP was not too far from her party. As Prime Minister is ready to serve for the second term, his party wins massive 18 seats in Bengal showing a beginning of paradigm shift in the state. Among other parties, Indian National Congress (INC) bagged only 2 seats while CPI(M) did not open a single book this time.

23 May 2019, 10:31:04 PM IST

Left Front trampled by saffron surge, reduced to historic low

The 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be the first time since 1952 that the Left Front will not end up with double digits in the general election.

23 May 2019, 05:06:44 PM IST

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweets

23 May 2019, 05:04:55 PM IST

Who won, who lost?

  • Trinamool candidate Dev won from Ghatal, Sajda Ahmed also won from Uluberia constituency
  • TMC's Abhishek Banerjee leads with nearly 3 lakh vote from Diamond Harbour
  • BJP's Locket Chatterjee won from Hoogly
  • In Asansol BJP candidate Babul Supriyo took a lead

23 May 2019, 04:58:42 PM IST

TMC seats increases

Election Commission data shows, Trinamool Congress is leading by 25 seats while BJP gets 16 seats so far.

23 May 2019, 03:12:02 PM IST

BJP taking lead

  • BJP comfortably placed in Bishnupur, Coochbehar, Darjeeling
  • Pawan Singh, BJP candidate won the Bhatpara assembly bypoll by 35,760 votes
  • BJP candidate in Ranaghat takes lead to over 1,25,000 votes

23 May 2019, 03:03:24 PM IST

Narendra Modi tweets

23 May 2019, 02:07:05 PM IST

Election Commission Data

The latest report from Election Commission shows, Trinmool Congress is leading with 22 votes while BJP takes 19 seats, so far.

23 May 2019, 01:50:58 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee tweets to congratulate

The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee tweeted in the afternoon to congratulate the winner. Says, "Let the counting process be completed fully and the VVPATs matched."

23 May 2019, 12:44:32 PM IST

TMC seat update

  • TMC's Mala Roy from South Kolkata leads with more than 3 lakh votes
  • Mimi Chakraborty from Jadavpur is ahead with over 48,000 votes

23 May 2019, 12:10:10 PM IST

BJP gets more seat

According to Election Commission data, BJP gets 17 seats till now, while Trinamool Congress leads by 24 seats.

BJP supporters distribute sweets in all over Kolkata, following the result.

BJP supporters distributing sweets as the party candidates lead in West Bengalduring counting in Lok Sabha election in Kolkata on Thursday 23 May 2019.
BJP supporters distributing sweets as the party candidates lead in West Bengalduring counting in Lok Sabha election in Kolkata on Thursday 23 May 2019. (Photo: Arijit Sen/HT)
23 May 2019, 12:02:30 PM IST

Vote share in Bengal

TMC- 45%

BJP- 39%

Left- 7%

Congress- 5%

23 May 2019, 11:50:49 AM IST

Leading seats for BJP in Bengal so far

  • BJP MP Babul Supriyo leads in Asansol constituency with 59,000 votes leaving TMC's Moon Moon Sen from the same constituency
  • Both in Malda North and South seats which has significant minority population, BJP takes lead
  • Arjun Singh (BJP) now leading from Barrackpore by 169 votes
  • BJP's SS Ahluwalia leading in Bardhaman-Durgapur by 15,000 votes

BJP supporters celebrating in New Delhi office.
BJP supporters celebrating in New Delhi office. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
23 May 2019, 11:42:40 AM IST

TMC seats in green

  • Mimi Chakraborty of TMC comfortably ahead in Jadavpur constituency
  • Sougata Roy (TMC) leads in Dum Dum by over 8,000 votes
  • However, Subrata Mukherjee trailing by over 50,000 votes in Bankura

23 May 2019, 11:29:41 AM IST

Election Commission data till 11:30 am

23 May 2019, 11:22:26 AM IST

BJP moving forward

  • BJP's Jagannath Sarkar from Ranaghat constituency leading with over 27,000 votes
  • Arjun Singh (BJP) leading from Barrackpore by 169 votes
  • Actor turned politician, Locket Chatterjee of BJP ahead in Hooghly by nearly 20,000 votes

23 May 2019, 11:10:37 AM IST

Massive blow to Mamata as BJP makes inroads in Bengal

As the final tally for West Bengal inches forward, BJP has dealt a massive blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in the state, raking up a seat share of 16 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Up from its previous tally of just two seats, the BJP’s current tally with a vote share of 38.9% as against the TMC’s vote share of 45.1% and 25 seats, has proved to be a massive victory for the saffron party. BJP is leading in some of the key constituencies in the state such as Asansol where BJP Member of Parliament Babul Supriyo is contesting against TMC’s Moon Moon Sen, according to the Election Commission of India. (Reported by Shaswati Das)

23 May 2019, 10:42:17 AM IST

TMC takes a lead in Bengal

At 10:30 am, in the early phase of counting, ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC) takes a lead with 23 seats. BJP gets 15 seats followed by Congress with three seats. Meanwhile, Left did not get a single seat so far.

23 May 2019, 10:28:33 AM IST

TMC leading in these constituencies so far

Coochbehar, Jangipur, DumDum, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Jalpaiguri, Barasat, Jaynagar, Kanthi, Tamluk, Sreerampur, Howrah, Maldah Dakshin, Bardhwan, Basirhat, Birbhum, Bolpur

23 May 2019, 11:10:38 AM IST

TMC ahead of BJP

With 22 votes, TMC leads in Bengal. Meanwhile, BJP is ahead in 17 seats.

23 May 2019, 10:14:49 AM IST

BJP moves ahead

  • Recently joined BJP, Soumitra Khan from Bishnupur moved ahead
  • BJP's Raju Bista takes a lead with 8,500 vote in Darjeeling
  • BJP's John Barla of Alipurduar takes a lead

23 May 2019, 10:07:08 AM IST

Abhishek Mukherjee moves ahead

  • With 17,000 votes, Abhishek Mukherjee from Diamond Harbour constituency takes a lead
  • Sisir Adhikari of TMC leading by 1228 votes from Kanthi
  • Kalyan Banerjee of TMC is trailing from Sreerampore
  • However, trend reverses in Howrah, with BJP's Rantidev Sengupta leading by 1150 votes over TMC's Prasun Banerjee
  • BJP MP Babul Supriyo extends lead to 21,379 votes over TMC's Moon Moon Sen in Asansol


23 May 2019, 09:59:21 AM IST

Kolkata Update

  • Sudip Bandopadhyay leading by 8,010 votes from Uttar Kolkata over Rahul Sinha of BJP
  • TMC's Mala Roy leading by 11,898 votes from South Kolkata over Chandra Bose of BJP

23 May 2019, 10:01:11 AM IST

BJP leads

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leads in Ranaghat, Puruliya, Malda and Barrackpur.

23 May 2019, 09:30:49 AM IST

Abhishek Mukherjee likely to get a BJP blow

  • In early trends, Nilanjan Ray of BJP leads in Diamond Harbour constituency beating Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Mukherjee
  • Mala Roy of TMC takes a lead in Dakshin Kolkata constituency

23 May 2019, 09:19:21 AM IST

Leads in Bengal

  • TMC 's Prasun Bandyopadhaya is ahead in Howrah
  • Mausam Noor of TMC leading from Malda (North)
  • Adhir Choudhury of Congress takes lead in Baharampur
  • Actress Mimi Chakraborty from TMC leads in Jadavpur constituency
  • Babul Supriyo leads by 8500 votes in Asansol


23 May 2019, 09:09:17 AM IST

TMC ahead in 14 seats, BJP 12 seats

  • In Bankura constituency, Subrata Mukherjee of TMC looses sheen
  • TMC's , Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar takes lead
  • Satabdi Roy lead in Birbhum
  • Deepak Adhikhary ahead in Ghatal constituency
  • BJP's Babul Supriyo takes lead in Asansol
  • Pratima Mandal ahead in Jaynagar
  • Nusrat Jahan, new face of TMC, takes a lead in Basirhat


23 May 2019, 08:55:06 AM IST

TMC ahead in 12 seats

TMC extends lead to 5 seats, BJP ahead in 4 in north Bengal

TMC takes lead in Jaynagar, Barasat, Birbhum and Purba Bardhaman seats of south Bengal

23 May 2019, 08:47:04 AM IST

TMC leads in Krishnanagar

After leading in Bolpur and Birbhum, TMC now takes a front foot in Krishnanagar and south Bengal's Tamluk

23 May 2019, 08:33:24 AM IST

Neck-to-neck

Trinamool Congress takes lead in Maldaha Uttar and Baharampur

TMC takes lead in Bolpur and Birbhum

Close fight between Congress and TMC in Baharampur

23 May 2019, 08:08:56 AM IST

Re-polling in Uttar Kolkata constituency

The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered re-polling at a booth in Kolkata's Uttar parliamentary constituency. EC declared void the poll held on 19 May at polling station number 200 of the Kolkata's Uttar parliamentary constituency.

The re-polling will be conducted on Wednesday, 22 May from 7 am to 6 pm. BJP's Rahul Sinha, TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, and CPI(M)'s Kaninika Bose Ghosh are in the fray from Kolkata Uttar constituency.


Also read: On counting day, litmus test ahead for Mamata

23 May 2019, 08:00:57 AM IST

After nail-biting exit polls, Bengal braces for D-day

The humdrum of everyday life does not betray the palpable tension that courses through West Bengal, a day before the fates of both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be sealed in the state.

Local shops that dot the city crank up the volume of the transistors, with shop owners keeping their ears peeled for snatches of news. The state witnessed a bitter, acerbic battle between the two parties that left in its wake unprecedented poll violence, a vandalised statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and a sharp crackdown by the Election Commission, cutting shot campaign time in the state by an entire day.

While state chief minister Mamata Banerjee had dismissed the exit polls on Sunday as “gossip," she reiterated that “the game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip."

“We are targeting a 39% vote share. Last year in the Panchayat elections, we retained 35% vote share. The TMC’s support on ground has reduced drastically which is why they are resorting to violence and booth capturing and arm twisting voters," senior BJP leader Dilip Ghosh told Mint, in Kolkata. (Reported by Shaswati Das)

Kolkata: Mood of the city as it waits for the final counting.
Kolkata: Mood of the city as it waits for the final counting. (Photo: Mint)
23 May 2019, 07:47:23 AM IST

Violence recorded so far in Bengal

According to news reports, the Central forces had recorded 337 incidents of major violence and malpractices. The maximum cases of violations were recorded during the third and sixth phases. As per the report by the central agencies, maximum incidents of violence were reported from Coochbehar, Alipurduar , East Midnapore, Murshidabad , North 24 Parganas and Howrah.

A total of 710 companies of central forces were being deployed by the Election Commission to cover 17,042 polling booths to ensure free and fair voting. The nine constituencies were spread across the three districts of Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas.

RAF (Rapid Action Force) move during Assembly by-election poll violence allegedly between TMC and BJP workers, in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
RAF (Rapid Action Force) move during Assembly by-election poll violence allegedly between TMC and BJP workers, in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. (Photo: PTI)
23 May 2019, 07:38:03 AM IST

Major seats of Bengal

Except for Jadavpur, eight seats of Bengal witnessed a four-cornered contest the ruling TMC, BJP, Congress and the CPI(M). The Congress did not have any candidate from the Jadavpur constituency.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and sitting MP, Abhishek Banerjee, was among one of the major candidates from Bengal. He was looking to get re-elected from Diamond Harbour constituency where he had to contest against BJP’s Nilanjan Roy, CPI(M)’s Faud Halim and the Soumya Aich from the Congress.

In the Jadavpur seat, newly introduced TMC's celebrity candidate Mimi Chakraborty contested against Anupam Hazra of the BJP. The CPI(M) had fielded senior leader Bikash RanjanBhattacharya. Another fresh face was introduced in Basirhat Lok Sabha seat by TMC- tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan fighting against BJP's Sayantan Basu.

The Congress had nominated Quazi Abdur Rahim and the Left Front constituent CPI, Pallab Sengupta. In the Dum Dum seat, the BJP has fielded Samik Bhattacharya against sitting TMC MP Saugata Ray. Left Front-major CPI(M) had nominated Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, while Saurav Saha contested from the Congress.

TMC MP Kakoli Ghoshdastidar fought against BJP's Mrinal Kanti Debnath in Barasat, where the Congress had nominated Subrata Dutta and Left Front Constituent All IndiaForward Bloc, Haripada Biswas.

In Kolkata North, Sudip Bandyopadhyay contested against Rahul Sinha, the BJP national secretary. The CPI(M)had fielded Kaninika Bose and the Congress, Syed Shahid Imam.

Kolkata South witnessed Mala Roy of the TMC battling it out against against BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose. TheCPI(M) has nominated Nandini Mukherjee and the Congress Mita Chakraborty.

23 May 2019, 07:25:26 AM IST

Total vote recorded this election

In this election, West Bengal recorded total voting of around 80 to 82% in all the seven phases.

23 May 2019, 07:25:26 AM IST

2014 West Bengal result

In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Mamata Banerjee's party Trinamool Congress won the majority with 37 seats. Indian National Congress (INC) won four seats followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI(M) with two each seat in their pocket. It was a clear win for Banerjee in 2014. This year it is yet to see will the ruling party get so many seats.

23 May 2019, 07:06:21 AM IST

Seven Phases of Election

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s state voted in seven phases. The first phase of the election held on April 11 where Coochbehar and Alipurduars constituency went on the poll. This was followed by elections in Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj, the second phase, on April 18.

The third phase included constituencies of Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad which voted on April 23. Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bardhaman Purba, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur, Birbhum was in the fourth phase which voted on April 29. In the fifth phase which took place on May 6, places like Bangaon, Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Arambag cast their vote.

The sixth phase included places like Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur on May 12. Nine constituencies in West Bengal including Kolkata (North and South), Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur, Joynagar, Basirhat, Barasat and Dumdum voted in the last phase on Sunday.

Voters queue outside a polling station to cast their vote, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Voters queue outside a polling station to cast their vote, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo: PTI)
23 May 2019, 07:25:26 AM IST

Exit Polls Prediction

As per the exit poll reports, the ruling party is expected to get around 24 to 28 seats this year. The reports also show that though Mamata Banerjee will win the election in the state it is likely that the party may lose a number of seats in the Lok Sabha. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to make a massive gain in the state and may get at least 14 seats from the state.

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