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Didi thanks non-Bengali voters for record victory in Bhawanipur bypoll

Naveen Bharat Editorial

Kolkata: A day after registering a thumping victory in the Bhawanipore bypoll, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited a non-Bengali-dominated constituency in the constituency and thanked voters for their victory. This area—ward number 70 and number 74 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation—is said to be a BJP stronghold. Mamta also went to a Gurudwara and interacted with the people.

In the high-decibel Bhawanipur bypoll, the saffron camp suffered an unexpected blow to its strongholds as Mamata made deep inroads into areas inhabited by non-Bengali-speaking people. In two areas dominated by voters, whose mother tongue is not Bengali. The BJP had secured a lead of 2,092 votes and 537 votes respectively in the 2021 assembly elections. However, in the bypolls, the saffron camp was trailing by 1,556 votes in Ward No 70 and 4,979 votes in Ward No 74.

“We never expected such pockets of jolts that have proved loyal to us in the last elections,” he said. Given the turnout rate of around 57 per cent, Mamata Banerjee’s major difference from these two wards was significant. Had we been able to maintain our vote-bank, she would not have won with a record margin,” said a BJP leader. Mamata won by a margin of 58,835 votes, the highest in Bhawanipur.

The vote-share of the saffron camp in Bhawanipur, known as Mini-India because of the colorful characters of the voters, declined from 35.17 per cent to 22.29 per cent in the recent assembly elections. “This is the first time in the last six years, our party has gained a lead from ward no 70. This was possible because of Mamata’s aggressive campaign in non-Bengali dominated areas. He addressed rallies in areas where people from Gujarat, Punjab, UP and Bihar live.

In two other constituencies, Samsherganj and Jangipur, where elections were held on 30 September, the BJP’s performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was quite ineffective compared to its performance.

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