BJP rally in Nandigram. (File Pic) | Photo Credit: IANS
Key Highlights Trends show that the Trinamool Congress is leading against the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee trailed Nandigram strongman Suvendu Adhikari after the third round of counting.
Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari, often called the strongman of Nandigram, was leading against Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee but the CM was closing in on the gap as the counting of votes continued.
The poll battle in West Bengal’s Nandigram is being closely watched across the country as former TMC heavyweight Adhikari, who is now in the BJP fold, had promised to defeat CM Mamata Banerjee by over 50,000 votes from his stronghold.
The trends emerging from West Bengal showed the TMC in a clear lead against the BJP with CM Banerjee’s party coming back to power despite a major push by the latter to dent her candidature for the top spot. The battle is even more fierce in Nandigram where Banjerjee has taken on ally-turned-foe Adhikari and the strongman has maintained the lead against her former mentor.
The Election Commission data at 12:20 PM showed that even though Adhikari was leading with 34,430 votes, CM Banerjee had clipped his margin by a good number registering 30,655 votes for herself. They had 50.8%-45.23% of the total votes counted.
Earlier, after the third round of counting, Adhikari was ahead with a total of 23,295 votes against a total of 15,294 votes recorded for Mamata Banerjee. CPI (M) candidate Minakshi Mukherjee was a distant third in the counting with 1,278 votes so far.
All eyes are on the Nandigram assembly in the south-west Bengal region as the TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had gone all guns out in the constituency that was one of the key turning points for her when she had ousted the Left government from power in a David vs Goliath contest over a decade ago.
The BJP top brass had also campaigned robustly in the region with Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducting massive rallies in Nandigram where large crowds had gathered. Shah had claimed that the saffron party would be victorious with a huge margin both in Nandigram and in the state of West Bengal as well.
West Bengal Election Result 2021 | Nandigram Assembly Constituency: Suvendu Adhikari’s lead narrows, Mamata Banerjee trailing by less than 4,000 votes
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After eight phases of polling amid the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, counting of votes in underway in West Bengal. The trends shared on the Election Commission of India (ECI) website showed Banerjee trailing behind Adhikari by less than 4,000 votes in Nandigram assembly constituency, as of 12.40 pm.
It is to be noted that counting is in progress and the lead stands to sway.
Across the state, the Trinamool has taken a lead on 202 constituencies out of 284 whose trends have emerged. The BJP is a distant second with leads on 77 seats, and the Congress was ahead in one constituency.
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Adhikari had won the Nandigram seat in 2016 on a Trinamool ticket. But the constituency has been held by Banerjee’s party since 2009.
Banerjee opted to take the fight to the Opposition camp by contesting from Nandigram, and not contesting from her ‘safe’ Bhabanipur seat. During the campaign, Adhikari had attacked the chief minister calling her an “outsider” to the area. The constituency was once a Left stronghold.
Banerjee’s TMC has been fighting to keep the BJP’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years.
Counting of votes for the assembly polls is also underway across Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
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Nandigram Election Results 2021 Live, Mamata Banerjee Election Seat, Results Live Coverage: In West Bengal, Nandigram, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is now leading by more than 1500 votes after several rounds. Earlier, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari was leading against Mamata Banerjee. Counting is still underway. Total 17 rounds vote will be counted. The Nandigram constituency was the biggest battleground where sitting chief minister Mamata Banerjee challenged her former cabinet colleague and now BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. The Nandigram assembly constituency comes under Purba Medinipur district, which is considered as the bastion of the Adhikari family. Nandigram has a special place in West Bengal’s politics. It was the place where Mamata Banerjee launched her biggest political movement against the Left government in 2007. Suvendu Adhikari was her lieutenant in the movement. He himself has said that it was he who made that movement successful. The Nandigram movement was the beginning of the rise of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. Mamata came to power in 2011.
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LIVE Updates –
01:20: Celebration underway in Kolkata by TMC supporters after party crossed 200 marks in initial trend.
01:00: TMC supremo leading now by more than 1500 votes
12:45: Celebrations begin among TMC supporters in Kolkata.
12:30: According to ECI trend, Suvendu Adhikari, BJP candidate from Nandigram continues to lead from the Assembly constituency.
12:15: As per trend shown on ABP Ananda, TMC successfully crossed two-thirds majority mark in West Bengal to form govt.
12:00: As per latest reports, the vote margin between both BJP and TMC has reduced. Now, BJP is leading the seat by more than 3686 votes, reports ABP Ananda.
11:45: As per trend, TMC has crossed the majority figure to form government in the state for the third time. However, final counting is underway.
11:25: Fourth round counting underway.
11:15: Adhikari secured 23495 EVM votes so far while Banerjee secured 15,294 votes. Counting is still underway
11:00: Adhikari leading by more than 8,206 votes, reports ABP Ananda.
10:45: Fourth round counting underway
10:30: Another 13 rounds of counting will take place in Nandigram, before the final result is announced.
10:25: Fourth round counting begins.
10:10: Adhikari leading by more than 8,200 votes, reports ABP Ananda.
10:08: Three rounds votes counting still underway.
10:07: A total of 17 rounds votes will be counted.
10:04: BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari is leading from the seat by more than 4,500 votes.
While the Left too has fielded its candidate Minakshi Mukherjee in Nandigram, the fight is expected to be between Mamata and Suvendu. Suvendu Adhikari is a sitting MLA from Nandigram. He won this assembly seat in 2016 on TMC ticket. In that election, Ashikari defeated CPI’s Abdul Kabir Sekh by over 80,000 votes. Adhikari garnered 67.20 per cent votes while the Left leader had to settle with just 26.70 per cent votes. Before Adhikari, this seat was won by Firoja Bibi, who had also emerged victorious in 2009 byelection. In 2011, Bibi had trounced CPI’s Paramananda Bharati by over 40,000 votes.
The Nandigram assembly seat falls under the Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency, which is currently held by Dibyendu Adhikari — the younger brother of Suvendu Adhikari. Nandigram is the biggest prestige battle for Mamata and Suvendu. Both the leaders are confident of winning the seat but pollsters say the fight is very close and either side can win the battle. Suvendu was earlier with the TMC but he left the party just months before the election. He joined the BJP last December.
Counting of votes has started from 8 am.