Kolkata: Adding a new twist to the West Bengal assembly election 2021, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was earlier trailing in the prestigious Nandigram seat, was now leading by over 2700 votes against her BJP rival Suvendu Adhikari after several rounds of the couting of votes on Sunday (May 2, 2021).
While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was earlier trailing behind BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, the trends after the fourth round of counting showed that the other Trinamool Congress heavyweights were making big leads in their respective Assembly constituencies.
Even after the fourth round of counting, CM Mamata Banerjee was trailing behind her one-time aide Adhikari in Nandigram in the East Midnapore district by a margin of 3,710 votes.
As per the latest Election Commission data, Adhikari, who had jumped ship from the Trinamool to the BJP in December last year, had got 34,430 votes against Banerjee`s 30,655 after the fifth rounds of counting.
Banerjee, who had won the last two elections from the Bhowanipur Assembly constituency in Kolkata, left her seat this time and decided to contest from Nandigram.
Adhikari, who was an important minister in Banerjee`s cabinet before defecting to the BJP, had won from Nandigram in the 2016 elections on a Trinamool ticket.
Though Banerjee initially appeared to be trailing, the Trinamool Congress was showing signs of cruising to a big victory with most of its major candidates leading in their respective seats. PWD Minister Arup Biswas is leading from the Tollygunge Assembly constituency over his BJP rival Babul Supriyo by a margin of nearly 8,000 votes.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee is also leading from the Behala West Constituency by a margin of nearly 5,000 votes. Similarly, Javed Ahmed Khan has taken a lead of more than 47,000 votes over his Left Front rival Shatarup Ghosh.
Apart from that, Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee is leading from the Ballygunge constituency, IT Minister Bratya Basu is leading from Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas, Urban Development Minister and former Mayor Firhad Hakim is leading from Kolkata Port constituency, Food Minister Jyotipriaya Mullick is leading from Habra, while Minister of State for Women and Child Health Shashi Panja in leading from the Jorasanko constituency in North Kolkata.
Alternatively, Tourism Minister Goutam Deb is trailing from the Dabgram-Phulbari constituency in the Jalpaiguri district, while Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is trailing from the Asansol South constituency in East Burdwan district.
Minister of State for Fire Sujit Basu is also trailing from the Bidhananagar constituency. BJP`s Nisith Pramanik is leading against Trinamool heavyweight Udyayan Guha from the Dinhata Assembly constituency in Cooch Behar district.
Heavyweight BJP candidates like Swapan Dasgupta, Locket Chatterjee, Biashali Dalmia, Rahul Sinha, Babul Supriyo and Samik Bhattacharya are all trailing in their respective constituencies.