According to the initial vote-counting trends, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is currently seen ahead and fast consolidating its leads against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a thrilling electoral contest in the state of West Bengal. The counting of votes began at 8 am, Sunday and the initial leads indicated a comfortable headstart for the Mamata Banerjee-led government. Postal ballots were counted first.
As the day progressed, the TMC seemed to have an advantage in the race. As of 12:30 pm, Trinamool was leading in 208 seats and the BJP in 80 — trends that showed the TMC had secured the majority in the state having 294 assembly seats. In the high-profile Nandigram seat, the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari is leading marginally against chief minister Mamata Banerjee after the fourth rounds of counting. Banerjee gained some ground in the fourth round as she was trailing by 8,000 votes at the end of round three.
BJP MP Locket Chatterjee is lagging behind by about 6,000 votes in Chuchura, which falls under her Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP, however, is currently hoping she will catch up in the later rounds and win.
The Election Commission’s official trends suggested the TMC was ahead in 176 constituencies and the BJP in 87. While the ruling TMC party had a vote share of 48.8%, the corresponding number for the BJP was 36.8%, according to the poll watchdog’s website.
TMC is leading on most seats in both North & South 24 Parganas, and Junglemahal. TMC is doing extremely well in Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata. Things are looking bright for the Mamata-led TMC in Purba Bankura and Paschim Bardhaman as well. TMC is leading in 14 out of 16 seats in Howrah despite the massive exodus of leaders from TMC to BJP which was totally unexpected. TMC was leading in 29 seats in North Bengal while the BJP was leading in 25 seats till 11 am.