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Mamata wins Bhawanipur By-poll with a massive margin, retains her CM chair

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee wins the Bhawanipur By-poll by a massive margin of 58,832 votes. She defeated BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal. AITC supporters were seen celebrating her victory outside her Kalighat residence in South Kolkata.

On Sunday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) declared the result for the three seats in the state of West Bengal that went for a By-poll election. Mamata Banerjee won the By-poll election for the Bhawanipur seat with a massive margin of 58,835 votes. The TMC supremo defeated her rival Priyanka Tibrewal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mamata will now remain in the Chief Minister’s chair. 

After weeks of aggressive campaigning, it was the All India Trinamool Congress that triumphed in the By-poll elections held in the state of West Bengal. TMC won all three seats of Bhabanipur,  Samersganj, and Jangipur. TMC’s Janigpur candidate, Jakir Hossain won by a whopping margin of 92, 480 votes and Mamata won her traditional seat of Bhabanipur by a victory margin of 58,835 votes. She has even surpassed her previous record of 52,213 votes in 2011 and 25,301votes in 2016.

The BJP had high hopes from the seat of Bhabanipur due to a large presence of Non-Bengali, Hindi speaking people which consists of more than 46% of the voters. It is the first time that the TMC supremo did not trail from any of the wards in the constituency. Not only this, but Mamata even was leading in all 21 rounds of counting. Priyanka Tibrewal (BJP) after conceding her defeat against Banerjee said, “I gracefully accept the defeat and I am the 'Man of the Match' of this game because I contested the election in Mamata Banerjee's stronghold and got more than 25,000 votes. I will continue doing the hard work.” She even told media persons that she has congratulated Didi (Mamata Banerjee) and has sent her message to the TMC chief.

Celebrations in the afternoon began across the State. TMC supporters were seen playing with Gulaal and dancing outside the residence of Banerjee in Kalighat, South Kolkata despite prohibitory orders from ECI. Mamata, on her victory, said, “People of Bengal were hurt after I lost the election in Nandigram when my party won across the state. There was a conspiracy to defeat me at Nandigram but the people of Bhabanipur voted against this conspiracy.” She even pointed out that she won in all the eight wards of the constituency.

The Election Commission of India to prevent any sort of post-poll violence had directed the state government to prohibit victory marches and processions across the state.

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