In a huge setback for the BJP, the ruling Trinamool Congress on Thursday won all three seats that went to bypolls on 25 November. The three seats won by the ruling party are Kharagpur, Karimpur Sadar and Kaliaganj.
The BJP’s defeat in Kharagpur assumes significance since the saffron party had won the Lok Sabha polls from here in May this year. Prior to winning the Lok Sabha polls from Kharagpur, BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh represented this assembly constituency. Trinamool’s Pradip Sarkar defeated BJP’s Prem Chandra Jha by more than 20,000 votes. Chittaranjan Mandal of the Congress finished a distant third with 22532 votes.
In Kaliaganj, Trinamool’s Bimalendu Sinha Roy defeated the BJP’s Jay Prakash Majumdar by more than 22,000 votes.
The Kaliaganj seat fell vacant after sitting Congress MLA Pramatha Nath Ray died earlier this year. Bypolls were necessitated in the other two seats after their respective MLAs namely Trinamool’s Mohua Moitra and BJP’s Dilip Ghosh got elected to the Lok Sabha in May this year.
Trinamool’s Tapan Deb Singha won from Kaliaganj defeating BJP’s Kamal Chandra Sarkar by more than 2,000 votes. The BJP had taken a lead of more than 50,000 from here in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Reacting to her party’s resounding win, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that ‘people have rejected the BJP’ adding that ‘politics of arrogance will not work.’
Bypolls were also held in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh, which fell vacant after the death of the state’s cabinet minister Prakash Pant in June this year. The BJP had fielded his wife Chandra Pant from here. She was pitted against Anju Lunthi of the Congress. As of 1.14 PM, Lunthi was trailing Pant by more than 3,000 votes.