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Tamluk Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Ex-HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay registers victory against TMC

Tamluk Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: A Calcutta HC ex-judge on a BJP ticket pitted against young leaders from the Trinamool Congress and CPM in the key battleground. BJP's Abhijit Ganguly registered victory against TMC's Debangshu Bhattacharya.

Edited By: Aveek Banerjee @AveekABanerjee Tamluk (West Bengal) Updated on: June 04, 2024 23:52 IST
Tamluk Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Abhijit
Image Source : INDIA TV Tamluk Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Abhijit Gangopadhyay (BJP) vs Debangshu Bhattacharya (Congress) vs Sayan Banerjee (CPM)

Tamluk Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Tamluk, one of the 42 constituencies in West Bengal, has been in the news because of Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a former Calcutta High Court judge who quit the judiciary to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A GENERAL category seat, Tamluk also has seven Assembly segments - Tamluk, Panskura Purba, Moyna, Nandakumar, Mahisadal, Haldia and Nandigram - in Purba Medinipur district. The seat is expected to witness a fierce triangular contest between BJP, Trinamool Congress and CPM as the Mamata Banerjee-led party seeks to avenge its Nandigram loss to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari.

Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Key candidates and parties

Tamluk is part of the Purba Medinipur district, which is known as a fortress of the Adhikari family, which has dissociated itself from the TMC towards the saffron party following Suvendu Adhikari's switch to the BJP in 2020. It has historically been a Left stronghold till 2009 when Suvendu Adhikari won on a TMC ticket. The BJP has fielded the fiery-tongued former judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who made headlines for spearheading a CBI investigation into West Bengal's alleged teachers recruitment scam and sentencing top ministers in graft cases. The TMC has attacked Gangopadhyay's political inexperience, but the BJP remains confident that the ex-judge will emerge first on the finish line.

However, Gangopadhyay, who has positioned himself as an anti-corruption crusader against TMC, was debarred from campaigning for 24 hours on May 21 for disparaging comments against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. His cases against the ruling party in West Bengal have been used as poll issues by the BJP. Gangopadhyay is up against TMC's 28-year-old Debangshu Bhattacharya, who is a popular face on television debates and also coined the 'Khela Hobe' slogan in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections. CPM has fielded Calcutta HC lawyer Sayan Banerjee, 30, a fresher who is new to politics but has gained popularity for his assertive arguments in court.

Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Date of polls

The constituency went to Lok Sabha polls in the sixth phase of the general elections on May 25.

Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Voter turnout

West Bengal saw a voter turnout of 82.71 per cent in the sixth phase. Out of the eight constituencies in that phase, Tamluk witnessed a voter turnout of 84.79 per cent, according to the Election Commission of India.

Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Date of results

The results of the Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections will be declared on June 4.

Tamluk Lok Sabha Elections 2024: What happened in 2019 and 2014?

In the 2019 elections, Dibyendu Adhikari, who was then a TMC candidate, won the Tamluk seat by winning 724,433 votes with a vote share of 50.08 per cent. He defeated BJP's Sidharthasankar Naskar, who polled 534,268 votes with a vote share of 36.94 per cent, by a margin of 1,90,165 votes. After Suvendu Adhikari switched to the BJP, the saffron party won three out of seven Assembly seats in the Tamluk constituency. Suvendu defeated Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, causing a major upset.

In the 2014 elections, Suvendu Adhikari won on a TMC ticket, defeating CPM's Sekh Ibrahim Ali by a margin of over two lakh votes. Suvendu polled 716,928 votes with a vote share of 54.07 per cent, while Ali managed 470,447 (35.48 per cent). BJP's Badsha Alam managed to secure only 86,265 votes. However, Suvendu quit as MP to contest the 2016 Assembly elections, and Dibyendu won the by-poll to win the Tamluk Lok Sabha seat.

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