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By-election Results: Trinamool Congress Retains Kanthi Dakshin Seat

The CPI’s Uttam Pradhan got only 17,423 votes, while the Congress was cornered to fourth place with only 2,270 votes. Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) got 1,476 votes and 1,241 voters opted for NOTA.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:April 13, 2017, 5:57 PM IST
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By-election Results: Trinamool Congress Retains Kanthi Dakshin Seat
Supporters of the Trinamool Congress party carry the party's flag through the streets near party leader Mamata Banerjee's house in Kolkata(Image only for representational purpose)
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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress' Chandrima Bhattacharya won the Kanthi Dakshin seat on Thursday.

Chandrima won by a huge margin of 42,526 votes while the BJP's Sourindra Mohan Jana was second with 52,843 votes.

Though the TMC retained the seat, BJP leaders were in an upbeat mood after moving ahead of both the Congress and the Left.

The CPI’s Uttam Pradhan got only 17,423 votes, while the Congress was cornered to fourth place with only 2,270 votes. Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) got 1,476 votes and 1,241 voters opted for NOTA.

The seat fell vacant after Dibyendu Adikari, who won in 2016, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tamluk constituency.

Chandrima, who got 95,369 votes, said, “I am happy that people voted for me. My priority will be development. Thanks to Ma, Mati, Manus (Mother, Land and People).”

BJP's Sourindra Mohan said, “I was confident of winning but my voters were threatened by TMC goons. Had it been a fair poll, the results would have been different.”

State BJP President Dilip Ghosh said the increase in vote percentage is a good sign. “Soon the political colour of West Bengal will change. There is a BJP wave in Bengal now.”

On BJP’s vote share, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said, “I am not concerned about which party comes second or third. I am grateful to the people who have given more support to us.”

She alleged a nexus between CPM, Congress and BJP. “CPM, Congress and BJP transfer votes among each other. We do not do it and we are not bothered about them,” Banerjee said during a public meet in Murshidabad.

“Chandrima has won the election. There will be a cabinet reshuffle and she will be assigned a new task as a minister,” she added.

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