The poll war in West Bengal has been the most dynamic state assembly polls in recent years in India. The eight-phased state assembly elections in Bengal ended on 29 April and now all eyes are on the counting of votes.
The polls were held amid a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths across the country – a second wave that has ridden the country to an unprecedented crisis.
The BJP candidate is leading by about 65 votes in Sitalkuchi, the site where four Muslim youths had died when security forces opened fire outside a polling booth on April 10.
Early trends show CM Mamata Banerjee trailing in Nandigram by over 7,000 votes. It was predictable as the Hindu-majority Nandigram block 2 had to be counted first.
In West Bengal, the TMC+ is leading in 74 while the BJP+ is leading in 72.
TMC leading on 38 seats in Bengal.
West Bengal: Officials, counting agents and others arrive at a counting centre at Siliguri College in Siliguri.
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The majority of exit polls suggested that the ruling TMC might have an edge over BJP and the Left-Congress-ISF combine.