West Bengal by-polls: Congress loses Sabang assembly seat to Trinamool Congress

Communist Party of India(Marxist) candidate Rita Mondal secured 41,987 votes losing out to the Trinamool Congress candidate Gita Rani Bhunaia who secured 1,06,179 votes. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2017, 04.02 PM (IST)

The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has won the Sabang Assembly constituency bypoll. 

The Trinamool candidate Gita Rani Bhunaia won by a margin of 64,192 votes. 

Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate Rita Mondal secured 41,987 votes, losing out to Gita Rani Bhunaia who secured 1,06,179 votes.

Though the BJP candidate secured only 37,476 votes, the party acquired a substantial increase in the number of votes in this election.

The BJP received about 5,000 votes in the 2016 Assembly elections. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted expressing his happiness on the significant rise in the BJPs vote share in Sabang.

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The bypoll results made a major dent on the Congress party as it lost the seat it had won in the 2016 Assembly polls. Congress candidate Chiranjib Bhowmick secured only 18,060 votes. 

The Secretary-General of the winning party said that the people voted for them because of the development they carried.

The opposition CPI(M) party has accused the winning party of indulging in a massive rigging. 

Antara Bhattacharyya, the BJP candidate in the election has also accused that the elections were not "free and fair".

The bypolls in the constituency were conducted after sitting Congress legislator Manas Bhunia resigned and moved over to the Trinamool Congress. 

Trinamool candidate Gita Rani is Manas Bhunia`s wife.