Five Indian states West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry went to the polls from April 06 to April 29 in different phases. The counting takes place yesterday May 02.
It was good night for anti-BJP forces as they made gains in several key battleground states. Even though, BJP increase its share of seats in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal but it fell short of getting the majority to form the government. In Kerala, BJP failed to win a single seat.
Tarinamol Congress (TMC) wins a landslide in West Bengal and retained power. TMC leader Mamata Banerjee will take oath for the third term on May 05. She led the party to third straight victory.
BJP’s star performers in the elections PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah made tall claims during the election campaign to win 200 seats in West Bengal. They failed to defeat the TMC despite big number of defections from TMC to BJP.
Now BJP is alleging that both the Congress and Left Front sided with TMC against BJP. BJP was thinking that Congress and Left will split the TMC vote and BJP will be beneficiary of three way fight. Many voters prefer to vote TMC instead of Left parties or Congress.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala made history to retain power LDF becomes first government in Kerala to retain power in last 40 years. LDF trounced both Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) and BJP. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will take oath for second term.
In Tamil Nadu DMK led alliance including Congress and CPI-M defeated AIADMK and BJP alliance. BJP increased its seats compare to last elections. AIADMK lost power after 10 years.
BJP succeeded to retain power in Assam. Congress led alliance failed to dethrone the BJP government. BJP also won majority to form government in Puducherry.
Here are the final tallies of seats won by contesting parties;
TMC led by Mamata Banerjee – 213 seats (147 seats required to form government)
BJP Modi/Amit Shah – 77 seats
Left Front – 01 seat
Independent- 01 seat
LDF – 99 (71 seats required to form the government)
Others – 08
DMK/Congress/CPIM alliance- 151 seats (118 seats required to form the government)
AIADMK/BJP alliance – 70 seats
Others – 13
BJP/AGP alliance- 69 seats (64 seats required to form the government)
Congress and allies- 50 seats
Others -07 seats
BJP- 16 seats (15 seats required to form the government)
Congress- 08 seats
Others – 06 seats
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