In Bengal, Left, Congress, Trinamool grab a seat each
The Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Left Front won one seat each in the bypoll to three Assembly constituencies in West Bengal on Thursday.
At Rejinagar in Murshidabad district, TMC minister Humayun Kabir lost to Congress's Rabiul Islam Choudhury. While Choudhury bagged 66,876 votes, RSP's Sirajul Islam Mandal got 55,154 votes. Kabir, winner from this seat in 2011 elections on a Congress ticket with a margin of about 10,000 votes, was a poor third with 40,911 votes.
The scorecard reversed at English Bazar in Malda district where Minister for Tourism Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury won by a margin of 20,452 votes. While Choudhury bagged 70,791 votes, Kaushik Mishra of the CPM got 50,339 votes and Congress's Narendranath Tewary got 45,271 votes.
Elections to English Bazar and Rejinagar took place due to the defection of Congress MLAs Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury and Humayun Kabir to the TMC.
In Nalhati, Birbhum district, Forward Bloc candidate Dipak Chatterjee won by defeating Congress's Abdur Rahman by a margin of 7,742 votes. While Chatterjee bagged 55,341 votes, Rahman got 47, 595 votes. TMC's Biplab Ojha was third with 47,041 votes. The seat fell vacant after Congress's Abhijit Mukherjee quit to fight Lok Sabha bypoll from Jangipur.
The Trinamool now has 186 seats, Congress 40 and Left Front 61 in the 294-strong Assembly. "The TMC should now realise that without the Congress they can't defeat the CPM," said Manas Bhunia, former state Congress chief. TMC MP Saugata Roy countered, "Earlier all the seats were held by Congress. Now we have snatched one from them at Malda which is a Congress bastion. Murshidabad is a stronghold of Congress. Nalhati saw the win of Left candidate due to vote division. The results could have been better, but we see it as a gain."
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