As expected, the by-election for the Calcutta – South Lok Sabha seat won by TMC’s Subrata Bakshi. Breaking all the previous records, he won it by 230099 votes. Last time, during the 2009 Lok Sabha election, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee won it by 219571 votes. The current Bengal Chief minister won this seat six times in a row. This constituency has always been TMC’s ‘home ground’.
Subrata Bakshi has got 516761 votes which is 64.32% of total votes. CPI (M)’s Ritabrata Banerjee has got 286662 votes which is 35.68% of total votes. After the 2009 Lok Sabha election, the percentage of Left vote has decreased in all the elections and by-elections. What the CPI (M) was looking for in this election was to increase the percentage of votes, but they failed to do that once again. Out of 1902 booths, they got the lead in only three booths. TMC has got the lead in all the seven state assembly constituencies.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has thanked who have voted for them and against them. According to TMC leaders, this result clearly show that people of Bengal have faith in Mamata Banerjee’s government. Subrata Bakshi has credited TMC chief for this win. He said that the victory margin he got was because of people’s love for Mamata Banerjee and her ma-mati-manush government.
State Congress have congratulated Subrata Bakshi for his win and stated that this result proves that CPI (M) does not have the strength to turn around in Bengal’s political scenario.