BENGAL ELECTION RESULT: With Mamata Banerjee powering the Trinamool Congress to a "landslide" victory in West Bengal overcoming 10 years of anti-incumbency, a full-throttle BJP campaign and a rebellious former lieutenant, she has become the "natural leader" to guide the Opposition's politics against the BJP in the coming days, some leaders said Sunday. The TMC's victory in the keenly, and at times acrimoniously, fought elections in the state comes barely a month after Banerjee wrote to Opposition leaders urging them to unite against the BJP.
The TMC's success in many ways is being seen as a victory of the non-saffron parties whose leaders were quick to congratulate her, even though she trailed her former lieutenant, but now BJP leader, Suvendu Adhikari, in Nandigram. Polling in the eastern state was held in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. The term of the outgoing Assembly will expire on May 30.
WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION RESULT 2021: Highlights
10:04 PM: TMC demands immediate recounting of votes in Nandigram AC 210
Trinamool Congress writes to Chief Electoral office, West Bengal for, "immediate re-counting of votes in Nandigram AC 210 and postal ballots."
8:58 PM: TMC pushes for re-count in Nandigram
Three-member Trinamool Congress delegation is meeting Chief Electoral Officer at EC Office in Kolkata seeking a recount of votes in Nandigram and other issues.
8:35 PM: Mamata to call Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tomorrow
Congratulated @MamataOfficial party win in West Bengal assembly elections. Tomorrow at 7 PM Hon’ble CM will be calling on me at Raj Bhawan.
7:49 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Mamata Banerjee
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi tweeted, "Congratulations to Mamata Didi for @AITCofficial's win in West Bengal. The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. @MamataOfficial"
"I would like to thank my sisters and brothers of West Bengal who have blessed our party. From a negligible presence earlier, BJP’s presence has significantly increased. BJP will keep serving the people. I applaud each and every Karyakarta for their spirited effort in the polls," PM Modi added.
6:09 PM: Mamata Banerjee's victory speech
- Jai Bangla and Khela Hobe slogans have proved helpful for the TMC, says Mamata Banerjee.
- "We are grateful to the people for this landslide victory. I have to start working for COVID19 immediately. The swearing-in will be a low-key event because of the prevailing COVID19 situation, Mamata Banerjee said.
- Don't worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It's ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don't mind. We won more than 221 seats & BJP has lost the election, said Mamata Banerjee.
- BJP has lost the elections. They played dirty politics. We faced the horror of Election Commission, Banerjee said.
- We are grateful to the people for this landslide victory. I have to start working for COVID19 immediately. The swearing-in will be a low-key event because of the prevailing COVID19 situation, Mamata Banerjee added.
5:08 PM: Mamata Banerjee appears for the first time on the counting day
"I would like to thank everyone. I request all to not take out victory processions. I urge everyone to go back to their homes now. I will address the media after 6 pm," West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said.
4:45 PM: Bengal Polls Results: Sena calls Mamata 'Tigress of Bengal'
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday hailed Mamata Banerjee as the "Tigress of Bengal", as her party TMC looks set to retain power in West Bengal after the bitterly fought Assembly election against the main rival BJP. It is "not easy to defeat Banerjee", even though the BJP worked hard and put in a lot of investment during the polls in West Bengal, Raut said. "Congratulations Tigress of Bengal," the Rajya Sabha member tweeted after Chief Minister Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) surged way ahead the BJP in the counting of votes currently underway.
4:30 PM: Nandigram Result: TMC supremo Mamata Banaerjee loses against Suvendu Adhikari by a margin of over 1600 votes. CLICK HERE FOR UPDATES
4:21 PM: Prashant Kishor says he is 'quitting this space', not to strategise for parties any more
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday announced that he is ''quitting this space" and will not strategise for parties any more, PTI reported India Today as saying. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
4:10 PM: West Bengal Result LIVE: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh congratulates TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on her election victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections.
3:40 PM: NandigramResult LIVE: EC Official trends | BJP candidate from Nandigram, Suvendu Adhikari leads by 6 votes after the 16th round of counting CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
3:20 PM: Bengal Results LIVE: Election strategist Prashant Kishor has slammed the Election Commission of India saying, "I have never seen a more partial Election Commission, it did everything to help BJP." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
3:08 PM: Omar Abdullah congratulates Mamata Banerjee
National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday congratulated Mamata Banerjee for the TMC's "remarkable victory" in the West Bengal assembly polls, saying the BJP and a “thoroughly partisan” Election Commission threw everything at her, but she prevailed. “Heartiest congratulations to @MamataOfficial didi & everyone at @AITCofficial for the remarkable victory in West Bengal. The BJP & a throughly partisan Election Commission threw everything including the kitchen sink at you & you prevailed. All the best for the next 5 years (sic),” Omar wrote on Twitter.
2:55 PM: Asansol Dakshin Result LIVE: Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate Agnimitra Paul is leading against Sayani Ghosh of Trinamool Congress from Asansol Dakshin.
2:47 PM: Mamata Banerjee now leads in Nandigram over her BJP rival Suvendu Adhikari. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
2:40 PM: Trinamool Congress justifies celebrations
Sayan Deb Chatterjee, state secy, WB Trinamool Youth Congress, said that the party really don't want to celebrate but there was an anti-campaign against TMC. "Our workers were under pressure. This mandate has given them energy. Still, we're telling them not to celebrate due to Covid situation," he said.
2:36 PM: Mamata Banerjee's TMC will form next government: Sanjay Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday expressed confidence that Mamata Banerjee will form the next government in West Bengal, as her party TMC surged ahead of the BJP in the counting of votes for the state Assembly polls. Raut also said everyone was now more worried about the increase in COVID-19 numbers than the political numbers.
2:34 PM: TMC leader Manoj Tiwary wins in Shibpur
TMC leader and cricketer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwary defeats BJP's Rathin Chakraborty in Shibpur constituency. The seat went to polls on April 10. Shibpur is in Howrah district.
2:27 PM: Bengal Results: Trinamool Congress supporters in large numbers gathered outside the BJP office in Kolkata's Hastings area.
2:15 PM: Bengal Results Live: Mehbooba Mufti congratulates Mamata Banerjee
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday congratulated the TMC on its performance in the West Bengal assembly polls, saying people have rejected “disruptive and divisive forces”. "Congratulations to @MamataOfficial @AITCofficial @derekobrienmp on their splendid victory today. Kudos to the people of West Bengal for rejecting disruptive & divisive forces," she said in a tweet.
2 PM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 83; TMC: 207; Congress+: 0 Counting is underway amid tight security at 1,113 centres in West Bengal. The state went to polls in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. The term of the outgoing assembly expires on May 30
1:50 PM: Kejriwal congratulates Mamata
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulates TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for landslide victory in the West Bengal Assembly polls.
1:35 PM Bengal Results LIVE: NCP leader Sharad Pawar congratulates Mamata Banerjee on Trinamool Congress' win in the West Bengal Assembly elections.
1:30 PM: Primary task of new TMC govt to put health system back on track: Firhad Hakim
Asserting that the TMC will storm back to power in West Bengal, senior party leader and outgoing urban development minister Firhad Hakim on Sunday said the primary task of the new government would be to put the state's "derailed health system back on track", amid the relentless surge in COVID-19 cases. He also said that the TMC, after coming to power, will have to shoulder greater responsibilities in the wake of the pandemic-induced crisis, and celebrations and victory rallies can take a back seat. "We will win the elections with two-thirds majority and form government in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee will be our chief minister for the third time. This will be the victory of common people. Our success will prompt us to shoulder bigger responsibilities," he said.
1:20 PM: Bengal Results 2021 LIVE: Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar has fired a salvo at the BJP over PM Modi's "Didi-O-Didi" comments, directed at Mamata Banerjee, made during the election rallies in West Bengal.
1:11 PM: Bengal Polls Results Live: TMC leader Derek O'Brien takes jibe at BJP as his party maintains decisive lead.
1PM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 83; TMC: 207; Congress+: 0 Counting is underway amid tight security at 1,113 centres in West Bengal. The state went to polls in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. The term of the outgoing assembly expires on May 30.
12:56 PM: Bengal Results LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav congratulates Mamata
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has congratulated Mamata Banerjee on Trinamool Congress' win in the Assembly elections in West Bengal.
12:51 PM: Bengal Results Live: Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India has taken note of celebrations being organised by the Trinamool Congress. The ECI said that it has asked the respective State Chief Secretaries to take immediate action to stop such gatherings.
12:47 PM: West Bengal Election 2021 Result: As per ECI trend, the Trinamool Congress is ahead in 202 seats while the BJP leads on 77 seats.
12:41 PM: Bengal Results Live: Celebrations by TMC supporters begin in Asansol as official trends show the party is likely to retain power in the state.
12:39 PM: Bengal Results LIVE: BJP candidate Neeraj Zimba is leading in Darjeeling.
12:35 PM: West Bengal Results LIVE: BJP leader Rajib Banerjee is trailing in Domjur against TMC rival Kalyan Ghosh. TMC's Arup Roy is leading from Howrah Central against BJP's Sanjay Singh.
12:30 PM: Bengal Polls Results LIVE: BJP MP from Cooch Behar Nishith Pramanik leading in Dinahata. Firhad Hakim, a state minister and Banerjee confidante was also leading.
12:23 PM: Official trends show that TMC's S Chattopadhyay leading from Bhabanipur constituency. Chattopadhyay is pitted against BJP's Rudranil Ghosh. The seat was held by Mamata Banerjee since 2011.
12:20 PM: Bengal Polls Live: Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told India TV that the saffron party contested the assembly polls on the agenda of development and slammed Mamata Banerjee's politics of appeasement.
12:08 PM: As per the ECI trend, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari continues to lead from Nandigram.
12 Noon: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 101; TMC: 190; Congress+: 1 Counting is underway amid tight security at 1,113 centres in West Bengal. The state went to polls in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. The term of the outgoing assembly expires on May 30.
11:55 AM: Tarakeswar Result Live: BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta trails. Dasgupta had to resign from Rajya Sabha after BJP fielded him from Tarakeswar against the TMC’s Ramendu Sinha Roy and CPI(M)’s Sujit Ghosh. Tarakeswar assembly seat falls in the Hooghly district.
11:43 AM: Chunchura Result Live: TMC candidate Asit Majumdar leading by over 5,651 votes after 5th round over BJP leader Locket Chatterjee. Chunchura is one of those seats in West Bengal from where the BJP has fielded its MPs. The party has fielded its Lok Sabha MP from Hooghly Locket Chatterjee from the seat.
11:36 am: Tollygunge Result Live: BJP leader Babul Supriyo trails by more than 20,000 in Tollygunge. He is pitted against TMC heavyweight and PWD Minister Aroop Biswas.
11:26 AM: Bengal Election Results Live: TMC crosses halfway mark
The Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee has crossed the halfway mark in West Bengal. Trends show that the party is leading in 190 seats while the BJP is leading in 101 seats.
11:13 AM: Nandigram Result Live Updates: BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Zafar Islam has claimed that party's candidate Suvendu Adhikari will win by a margin of 31,000 in Nandigram. Mamata Banerjee is contesting against Adhikari from here. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
11:06 AM Bengal Polls Results Live: BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Zafar Islam has exuded confidence that saffron party will win in Bengal polls. He said that it is too early to arrive at conclusion. Islam said that three rounds have completed so far and numbers will change in the next rounds. He added that the BJP will definitely dethrone Mamata and form the government. Counting is currently underway at over 1,100 centres in West Bengal amid tight security. The saffron party had won just 3 seats in 2016 polls.
11:04 AM: Bengal Results: ECI trends show TMC leads on 112 seats, BJP 58 seats
11 AM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 108; TMC: 182; Congress+: 2 Counting is underway amid tight security at 1,113 centres. The state went to polls in eight phases between March 27 and April 29.
10:53 AM: Bengal Results Live: Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that the saffron party will form the next government in West Bengal. "Too early to say anything because there are so many rounds. Situation will be clear only by evening. We had started from 3 and were challenged that we won't get even 100, we have crossed that mark. We will cross the magic number too," he said.
10:51 AM: Bhabanipur Result Live: TMC candidate Sovandeb Chattopadhyay leads by over 10,000 votes. Chattopadhyay is pitted against BJP's Rudranil Ghosh. Congress has fielded Md. Shadab Khan from here. The seat was held by Mamata Banerjee since 2011.
10:42 AM: Bengal Polls Results LIVE: Trends indicate that the Trinamool Congress is to retain power in West Bengal with the party leading in over 160 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party has gained big so far, leading in nearly 120 seats. The BJP had won just three seats in 2016 elections.
10:34 AM: Kolkata Port Result: Trinamool Congress leader and Mamata's minister Firhad Hakim leads. Kolkata Port is an assembly constituency in Kolkata district. The BJP has fielded Awadh Kishore Gupta fro here while the Congress' Md. Muktar is trying his luck againsr Hakim. Hakim is representing the seat since 2011.
10:31 AM: Bengal Results Live: In Singur seat, TMC minister and candidate Becharam Manna is leading his nearest rival Rabidranath Bhattacharya of the BJP after first round of counting.
10:23 AM: Bengal Results LIVE: According to Election Commission's trends available from 120 of the 292 assembly seats that went to polls, the TMC is ahead in 75, BJP 43 and Independents 2.
10:16 AM: Nandigram Result LIVE: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari is leading by 8,206 votes in Nandigram. TMC supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is contesting against Adhikari. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
10:10 AM: Bhawanipur Result Live: TMC candidate Sovandeb Chattopadhyay leads. Chattopadhyay is pitted against BJP's Rudranil Ghosh and Congress' Md. Shadab Khan. The seat was held by Mamata Banerjee since 2011. Banerjee is contesting from Nandigram. Bhawanipur seat is a part of Kolkata district.
10:04 AM: Krishnanagar Uttar Result Live: BJP candidate Mukul Roy leads over his TMC rival Koushani Mukherjee and Congress' Sylvie Saha. He is leading vy 1,464 votes. The Krishnanagar Uttar Assembly constituency is a part of Nadia district.
10 AM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 119; TMC: 137; Congress+: 2 Counting is underway amid tight security at 1,113 centres. The state went to polls in eight phases between March 27 and April 29.
9:50 AM: Nandigram Result Live: BJP's Suvendu Adhikari maintains lead over Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. After third round, Adhikari is leading by 3,460 votes. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
9:40 am: Tollygunge Result Live: BJP leader Babul Supriyo trails by nearly 9,900 votes. He is pitted against TMC heavyweight and PWD Minister Aroop Biswas.
9:33 am: Rashbehari Result LIVE: BJP candidate Lt. Gen Subrata Saha leads in Rashbehari. The TMC has fielded Debasish Kumar from here while the Congress Ashutosh Chatterjee. Rashbehari is a seat in Greater Kolkata region.
9:30 AM: Bengal Results Live: Early trends give TMC edge
The Trinamool Congress has an edge in the early trends with the party candidates ahead in 102 seats. The BJP is leading in 100 seats. Counting is currently underway at over 1,100 counting centres amid tight security and with strict Covid-19 guidelines.
9:26 AM: Nandigram Result LIVE: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari is leading over TMC rival Mamata Banerjee by nearly 2,000 votes in Nandigram. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
9:15 AM: Bengal Result Live: ECI's first trend out: As per the Election Commission trends, the TMC leads in 1 seat
9:13 AM: West Bengal Election Result 2021 Live: BJP's Shankar Ghosh leading in Siliguri | BJP's Ambika Roy leads in Kalyani | TMC's Khokan Das leads in Bardhaman South
9:05 AM: Bengal Polls Results Live: Counting of votes for West Bengal Polls is underway amid tight security. Latest visuals from Haldia:
9 AM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE TRENDS: BJP: 73; TMC: 67; Congress+: 1 The TMC and challenger BJP were locked in a neck-and-neck contest in West Bengal as counting of postal ballots was underway.
8:56 AM: Panihati: Congress agent falls unconscious at counting centre
8:51 AM: Sitalkuchi Result Live: TMC leader Partha Pratim Ray leads over BJP rival Baren Barman. Sitalkuchi seats falls in the Cooch Behar district in the North Bengal region.
8:48 AM: Mekhliganj Result Live: BJP candidate Dadhiram Ray leads over TMC rival PC Adhikary. Behala Paschim Result LIVE: BJP candidate Srabanti Chatterjee leads over TMC rival Partha Chatterjee.
8:43 AM: Krishnanagar Uttar Result Live: BJP candidate Mukul Roy leads over his TMC rival Koushani Mukherjee and Congress' Sylvie Saha. The Krishnanagar Uttar Assembly constituency is in the Nadia district.
8:40 am: Tollygunge Result Live: BJP leader Babul Supriyo leads. He is pitted against TMC heavyweight and PWD Minister Aroop Biswas.
8:35 AM: Nandigram Result Live: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari is leading over his TMC rival Mamata Banerjee. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES
8:30 AM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE: As per the trends available with India TV, the BJP is leading in 27 seats while the TMC is ahead in 12 seats.
8:25 AM: Kanthi Uttar Result Live: BJP candidate Sumita Sinha leads. The TMC has fielded Tarun Kumar Jana. Kanthi Uttar is an assembly seat in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal.
8:20 AM: Murshidabad Result Live: BJP candiadte Gouri Sankar Ghosh is leading from Murshidabad. The TMC has fielded Shaoni Singha Roy. Murshidabad is an assembly constituency in the Murshidabad district, in the South East Bengal region of West Bengal.
8:16 AM: Barrackpore Result Live: BJP candidate leads. The party has fielded Chandramani Shukla from here. The TMC has fielded Raju Chakraborty.
8:10 AM: Canning Purba Result Live: Trinamool Congress candidate leads. Canning Purba is a constituency in the South 24 Parganas district. In 2016, Canning Purba was won by Saokat Molla of Congress. in 2011, the seat was held by Abdur Razzak Molla of CPIM.
8:07 AM: Bankura Result Live: BJP candidate leads. In 2016, Daripa Shampa of Congress had won with margin of 1,029.
8 AM: Bengal Results LIVE: Counting of votes polled in West Bengal began at 8 am amid tght security.
7:50 AM: Bengal Results Live: ECI officials, counting agents and others arrive at a counting centre at Siliguri College in Siliguri.
7:35 AM: EC bans victory rallies: The Election Commission has banned all victory processions on result day in view of surge in COVID-19 cases. The commission said that not more than two persons shall be allowed to accompany the winning candidate. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
7:20 AM: Bengal Results LIVE: Counting of votes for Assembly Elections in West Bengal to begin shortly. Visuals from St Thomas' Boys' School in Kolkata.
7:05 AM: BENGAL RESULTS LIVE: The BJP, which had just three seats in the 294-member Assembly after the polls and went to win 18 out of 42 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, had pulled out all the stops in the state in a determined bid to oust Banerjee, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Modi, and add another state to its tally of 17. The Left-Congress alliance is the third main contestant in the state.
6:55 AM: Bengal Election Result Live: The result will decide whether Mamata Banerjee, who has been in power for 10 years and is arguably fighting the toughest poll of her political career, has been able to thwart the challenge by the battle-hardened election army of the BJP led by PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
6:45 AM: Bengal Results LIVE: According to Election Commission, West Bengal will have the maximum number of 1,113 counting halls. A three-tier security arrangement is in place in counting centres and 256 companies of central forces deployed across 23 districts that voted in a gruelling election marred by violence and vicious personal attacks.
6:32 AM: Counting of votes to the legislative assembly of West Bengal will begin at 8 am amid tight security. Counting will be done on 292 of the 294 Assembly seats.