Loksabha Election in Bengal - Neck-and-neck fight in 5 seats, battle one-way in 12

Loksabha Election in Bengal - Neck-and-neck fight in 5 seats, battle one-way in 12
KOLKATA: The electoral battle in Bengal was cut-throat and decisive, as far as the margin is concerned. In as many as five constituencies, each having over 16 lakh voters, the victory margin was less than 20,000. The margin was most decisive in as many as 12 constituencies where it was over 2 lakh.
The slimmest margin was in Arambagh where Trinamool’s Aparupa Poddar defeated BJP’s Tapan Ray by 1142 votes. The most decisive polling happened at Darjeeling with Raju Bista of BJP winning the poll with the widest margin — 413443 votes — over Trinamool’s Amar Singh Rai. Bista got over 73% votes in Kalimpong and Darjeeling and trailed in only one assembly segment — Chopra.
The margin in Darjeeling is more than double than that achieved by S S Ahluwalia in 2014 — 1,97,239.
In fact, in most of the wide-margin seats in Bengal, the winner has won with a greater margin compared to the last poll. This, poll pundits said, is a decisive poll where the people’s vote came one-way — either to the Trinamool or to its challenger BJP.

In fact, in as many as six seats, the Trinamool candidates have better tally (margin) compared to their figure in 2014. In Basirhat, where Trinamool’s tally was 1.1 lakh in 2014, the ruling party’s margin improved to 3.5 lakh. In Diamond Harbour, in 2014, Trinamool candidate Abhishek Banerjee had a victory margin of over 71,000 votes. In Jadavpur, Joynagar, Mathurapur and Uluberia, also, the victory margin of Trinamool has improved remarkably.
As far as slim-margin seats are concerned, the fight was cut-throat with both the incumbent and challenger enjoying almost equal influence. In Arambagh, Trinamool is ahead in four assembly segments — Arambagh, Chandrakona, Haripal, Tarakeshwar and Khanakul — with a very slim margin. BJP, on the other hand, is ahead in two segments — Pursura and Khanakul — with wide margin. CPM candidate Shakti Mohan Malik also secured over 1 lakh vote. 
 
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The electoral battle in Bengal was cut-throat and decisive, as far as the margin is concerned. In as many as five constituencies, each having over 16 lakh voters, the victory margin was less than 20,000. The margin was most decisive in as many as 12 constituencies where it was over 2 lakh.

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