West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016

Mamata set for a landslide victory in Bengal

Upsetting the Left and Congress alliance the Trinamool Congress is approaching towards a landslide majority bagging two-third majority in a 294 member Assembly. If the current trend after approximately 10 rounds of counting TMC is leading in 216 seats. While the Left-Congress Alliance is leading in about 70.

According to the data available, the TMC’s vote share has increased while the vote percentage of the CPI(M) led Left Front has dipped significantly.

Trinamool Congress, which contested the polls alone, is expected to win about 46 percent votes, at least six percent more than in 2014 Lok Sabha election. The Left Front Congress alliance is trailing behind and the vote percentage, as the trends show, will round up to 36 percent.

Trinamool Congress chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is comfortably leading from Bhawanipore Assembly segment in Kolkata. Most of her cabinet colleagues are also in comfortable position.

Though the vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has dropped from 17 percent to about 10 percent, the party is expected to win a few seats. TMC chairperson Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the alliance as the greatest blunder for the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

“For Congress it is a blunder at national politics,” she said, addressing a press conference earlier in the day. While Ms Banerjee refuted charges of corruption she said that the victory is result of the development ushered in by her government.

Large number of party supporters had gathered outside the Harish Chattterjee residence of Chief Minister and celebrations had started well before mid-day. In another interesting development the Congress is expected to win more seats that the Left Front leaving the Left parties further embarrassed.

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