The decimation of the Third Front in West Bengal displays in the truth that its candidates misplaced deposits in 85% of the constituencies it fought and the Congress in each seats the place senior occasion chief Rahul Gandhi held rallies.
An evaluation of the election outcomes by News18 reveals that Third Front candidates may retain their deposits in simply 42 of the 292 seats that went to polls (voting was suspended in the 2 remaining seats in the state). A candidate loses deposit if s/he’s unable to safe 16.5% of the votes polled. Both the Left and the Congress scored a clean in the state in phrases of seats, whereas the Indian Secular Front (ISF) may win only one, in a complete decimation of the Third Front in West Bengal. The ISF did put up a greater general efficiency than the opposite two allies.
What can be extraordinarily embarrassing for the Congress is that it misplaced badly in the 2 seats — Matigara-Naxalbari and Goalpokhar — the place Gandhi had held rallies on April 14. The candidates there even misplaced their deposits. The Congress had held Matigara-Naxalbari for a decade, however the sitting MLA, Sankar Malakar, got here third this time, polling simply 9% votes. In Goalpokhar too, the Congress candidate got here third, polling simply 12% votes. The Congress had held this seat from 2006 to 2009, after which from 2011 to 2016.
Looking on the three allies individually, the Left may retain deposits in simply 21 of the 170 seats it contested, the Congress in 11 of the 90-odd seats it fought, and the ISF in 10 of the 30-odd seats the place it fielded candidates. The ISF gained one seat and got here second in 4 — Haroa, Basirhat Uttar, Deganga and Canning Purba — pushing the BJP to the third place in all 4 constituencies. This efficiency confirmed that Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui’s new occasion was the one vibrant spark in the Third Front.
Left events may come second in solely 4 seats and the Congress in simply two (Joypur and Raninagar). The direct good thing about the decimation of the Third Front appears to have gone to the Trinamool Congress, which gained 213 seats, two greater than its 2016 tally of 211 seats. Overall, the Congress may safe solely 2.94% votes in West Bengal, whereas the Left Parties secured about 5% of the votes.
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