In a significant development, the ruling Trinamool Congress candidate Gita Rani Bhunia has won Sabang assembly seat by 64, 192 votes by securing more than 50% of votes.
The TMC’s Gita Rani Bhunia secured 1,06,179 votes, while the CPI-M’s Rita Mandal received 41,987 votes. The BJP’s Antara Bhattacharya with 37,476 votes, came third, while the Congress’s Chiranjib Bhowmick had to contend with fourth position with 18,060 votes.
The seat was previously held by the Congress’s Manas Bhunia, who had later defected to the TMC, thereby causing the by-poll here. The TMC had fielded his wife from here.
Voting for the bypoll was held on 22 December with over 84% polling taking place.
Gita Rani’s win here assumes significance given that even her husband had only won this by over 49,000 votes in the last assembly elections. Another significant outcome here is for the BJP, which appears to have considerably increased its vote share. In the last assembly elections, the saffron party had barely managed to secure few thousands votes.
Bhunia, who’s now the Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP, said, “This is the victory of common people, Mamata Banerjee, development and love of the people.”
The victory also confirmed that the Trinamool’s popularity in rural Bengal was on the rise.