West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won the bypoll to Bhabanipur seat by a margin of 58,835 votes on Sunday. After claiming victory from her home turf, Banerjee said, “It is a victory against the conspiracy that was hatched to defeat me from Nandigram. I thank the people of Bhabanipur for giving me such a huge mandate.”
Meanwhile, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal blamed “fake voters” for their defeat. “If people were allowed to vote, the result would have been different. Even I got hold of fake voters on the polling day. In several booths, polls were rigged. But I will admit that our organisation was weak in Bhabanipur. We have to improve this,” Tibrewal said after her defeat from Bhabanipur.
In Murshidabad district too, the Trinamool Congress has clinched victory in Samserganj seat by 26,379 votes while the party has defeated BJP in Jangipur seat by 92,480 votes.
The counting of votes to the crucial bypoll to the Bhabanipur seat in south Kolkata, where TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is contesting to retain her chief minister’s seat, kicked off at 8 am amid heavy security deployment. Votes are also being counted for the bye-elections held in Jangipur and Samserganj assembly constituencies in the Murshidabad district of the state and the Pipili constituency in Odisha.