West Bengal Election Results 2019: BJP Still Going Neck And Neck Against TMC In West Bengal
After several rounds of counting of votes in West Bengal, the Bharatiya Janata was neck and neck against the Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The BJP is ahead on 10 seats and has won eight, while the TMC has won 14 seats and is leading in eight others, Election Commission data for West Bengal election results showed. The Congress has posted gains in two seats while the Left is yet to open its account.
A look at the key metrics shaping the West Bengal election results:
Key Candidates And Constituencies
- In Asansol, BJP's Babul Supriyo won against TMC's Moon Moon Sen.
- In Dum Dum, TMC's Sougata Ray won against BJP's Samik Bhattacharya
- In Srerampur, TMC's Kalyan Banerjee won against BJP’s Debjit Sarkar
Vote Share Comparison: 2019 Vs 2014
The BJP's vote share is at 40.22 percent, an over 20 percentage point jump from 2014, according to EC data. The TMC's vote share is seen rising as well—from 39.79 percent to 43.29 percent. The Congress and the Left are lagging—with 5.62 percent and 7.1 percent vote share each, down from 9.69 percent and 25.32 percent, respectively, in the previous general election.
What Exit Polls Said
West Bengal was expected to witness a tough contest between the BJP and the TMC after Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned extensively in the state. While the TMC was expected to emerge as the largest party after the election, four exit polls predicted the BJP to make a dent in Banerjee’s seat tally.
What Happened In 2014
The TMC had won 34 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, with a vote share of 39.79 percent. The Congress was a distant second with four seats and 9.69 percent vote share. While the Left had 25.32 percent vote share, the BJP had 17.02 percent. Both the parties bagged two seats each.
Voter Turnout In 2019
West Bengal, where the polling was held in all the seven phases, recorded 80.58 percent voter turnout this year. That compares with the 82.16 percent turnout in 2014.