Mamata Banerjee Easily Retains Chief Ministership in Bhabanipur Bypoll Results

Mamata Banerjee Easily Retains Chief Ministership in Bhabanipur Bypoll Results: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee defeated her BJP opponent by a record margin of 58,832 votes

Mamata Banerjee Easily Retains Chief Ministership in Bhabanipur Bypoll Results
Mamata Banerjee Easily Retains Chief Ministership in Bhabanipur Bypoll Results

Mamata Banerjee scored a landslide victory in a by-election in Kolkata today, ensuring her continuation as Chief Minister following the defeat in Nandigram. She defeated her BJP opponent by a record margin of 58,832 votes.

Here's a 10-point summary of the key storey: 
The Chief Minister received 84,709 votes in the Bhabanipur constituency in south Kolkata, which she had won in 2011 and 2016, beating her previous high of 54,213 votes set in 2011. State minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who won the April election by a margin of more than 28,000 votes, relinquished the seat for her. 

The Chief Minister celebrated the results by waving three fingers to show that the Trinamool had won not only in Bhabanipur but also in Shamsherganj and Jangipur. Due to the death of a contender in each of those seats, the polls were cancelled in April.

"I'm not making a two-finger victory sign. Three fingers are raised in the air. We fought three elections, and now we won them all. I am not so self-centered, "Ms Banerjee explained. "Ek, dui, teen, Ma Mati Manush kay dhonnobad din," she added. 

"We are grateful for our victory... I lost in Nandigram, but the case is still pending in court "she stated "What's even more encouraging is that I haven't lost a single ward in the constituency. I had trailed in a handful of wards in 2016. I've won everything today "she continued.

The BJP fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer and long-time resident of the area, against Ms Banerjee, and she received 24,396 votes. The 41-year-old, who ran for the Entally assembly seat in April and a 2015 civic election, has become a household figure as one of the petitioners in the state government's post-poll violence case. 

"One loses and one wins in every match. It is not required, however, that the man of the match be a member of the winning team. I am the match's referee "After the results were announced, Ms Tibrewal stated. "A little ant tries to go through a door, but it falls a hundred times before succeeding. It is important not to lose hope "she continued.

Sukanata Majumdar, the BJP's state chief, stated, "I extend my congratulations to the chief minister. The BJP always respects the will of the people. However, the number of persons who voted is a question mark. Only 57% agree. The remainder didn't because they couldn't or didn't want to. She claimed that the BJP would be expelled from Bhabanipur. We appreciate the help we received." 

Mamata Banerjee, who lost the Nandigram elections in April-May, needed to be re-elected as Chief Minister before the end of the six months. She had selected Nandigram as a challenge to BJP aide-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari, where her anti-land-acquisition campaign had propelled her to prominence a decade ago.

The challenge is seen as a tonic for her party, which has been on edge since the BJP gained 18 Lok Sabha seats in 2019. In the face of the BJP's strong election machine, her defeat in Nandigram was the only blemish on the Trinamool Congress's resounding triumph for a third term. In the other two assembly seats where results were announced today, Trinamool candidate Amirul Islam won by over 10,000 votes in Shamsherganj and by 52,528 votes in Jangipur.