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West Bengal (WB) Elections Results 2016

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May 24, 2016 11:22 AM
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May 20, 2016 11:22 AM
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Quick facts for West Bengal Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies42
Assembly Constituencies 293
Ruling PartyAll India Trinamool Congress (AITC)
Opposition PartyCommunist Party of India (CPI)
Chief MinisterKm. Mamata Banerjee
GovernorKeshari Nath Tripathi
Chief Electoral OfficerSunil Kumar Gupta
CEO Address West Bengal, 21- N.S Road, Kolkata- 700001

West Bengal Election Results 2016

Pie chart showing party wise 2016 election results for West-bengal. Also shown along are 2011 pie chart showing the number of seats won by CPI,INC,DSP,CPM and Others.
West Bengal Assembly 2016 Party Wise Results
West Bengal Assembly Election Results 2011

West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 Summary

The West Bengal Assembly Election 2016 was held over a month in six phases from 4 April to 5 May. The overall voter turnout was a little above 80%. After a long wait, results were finally declared on 19 May. Incumbent chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her party Trinamool Congress emerged victorious with a resounding majority. Having toppled the 34-year old Left Front government in the historic 2011 Assembly elections, Mamata's party managed to replicate its success with a better performance in 2016. Unlike 2011, when the TMC contested in alliance with the Congress and won 184 seats, it fought alone against the Left-Congress combine this time and bagged 211 seats out of the total 294 assembly seats. The Congress was a distant second with just 44 seats while the Left got 33.

Political Parties and Alliances

The Trinamool Congress has decided against forging any electoral tie-up with other parties. Meanwhile, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has arrived at an ‘electoral understanding’ with the Congress though no alliance has been declared officially. The BJP is an independent third contender in the fray.

About West Bengal Assembly Elections

West Bengal, one of the India's most populous states, has held regular elections since the constitution of its first Legislative Assembly in 1952. The state has a unicameral legislature. The Vidhan Sabha or the Legislative Assembly has 295 members out of which 294 are directly elected and one member is nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. The state assembly had 240 members in the first Vidhan Sabha and 251 in the second Vidhan Sabha. The number gradually increased to 295 in the eighth assembly in 1977. The tenure of the state assembly is of five years unless it is dissolved.

West Bengal is represented in the Indian parliament by 42 directly elected members in the Lok Sabha or the lower house and 16 members in the Rajya Sabha or the upper house. The state also holds elections for the local bodies such as the Municipalities, Zila Parishads and Gram Panchayats.

The main political parties in the state are the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), and the Indian National Congress (INC). The All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) was formed in 1998, and is now a major regional party of the state.

Though, the INC was in power in the state in the sixties, the CPM came into power in the seventies. Jyoti Basu of the CPM was the chief minister of the state from 1977 to 2000, and also became the longest serving chief minister of any state in India. Mamata Banerjee of the TMC won the Assembly Elections in 2011 and is also the current Chief Minister of the state. She also became the first non-CPM Chief Minister of the state after 34 years of CPM’s rule.

In the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the TMS won 34 seats and the CPM won only two seats. The INC won four seats.

Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal

Some of the parliamentary constituencies are Cooch Behar, Alipurduars, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj, Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur, Baharampur, Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bangaon, Barrackpore, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Jadavpur, Birbhum, Purulia, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar. The state has 294 Legislative Assembly constituencies, out of which 68 are reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 16 are reserved for candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes (ST). Some of the Legislative Assembly constituencies are Gosaba (SC), Basirhat Dakshin, Pandabeswar, Nagrakata (ST), Bangaon Dakshin (SC), Canning Purba, Falta, Madhyamgram, Itahar, Sujapur, Bhatpara, Noapara, Raidighi, Ballygunge, Balarampur, Balurghat, Tollyganj, Labhpur, Asansol Uttar, Asnsol Dakshin, Chanchal, Kalimpong, Lalgola, Murshidabad, Karimpur, Jadavpur

Major Political Parties in West Bengal

The main national parties of the state are:
  • The Communist Party of India (CPI)
  • The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM)
  • The Indian National Congress
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party
The main state parties are:
  • All India Trinamool Congress (TMC)
  • All India Forward Bloc
  • Revolutionary Socialist Party
  • Gorakha National Liberation Front (registered but unrecognised)
  • Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (registered but unrecognised)
  • Democratic Socialist Party (Prabodh Chandra)
  • Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist)

The State Legislative Assembly

The last Legislative Assembly elections in the state were held in 2011. The total number of candidates in fray was 1792. The total number of electors was 5,62,83,457, out of which 4,74,64,338 or 84.33% had cast their votes.

The All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) with 184 seats formed the government. The CPI won two seats and the CPI (M) took 40 seats. The INC got 42 seats. Mamata Banerjee of the TMC formed the first non CPI (M) government in 34 years.

The Speaker of the current Legislative Assembly is Biman Banerjee. The Deputy Speaker is Sonali Guha Bose. The Leader of the Opposition is Surjya Kanta Mishra.

New Rules

The Supreme Court passed a law in the year 2013 by which all ballot papers and EVMs will now include a "None of the Above" (NOTA) option so that the public has the freedom to not vote for any of the candidates without compromising their anonymity. However, NOTAs will not affect the outcome of the elections and will be considered invalid.

West Bengal Assembly Election Results:

List of Chief Ministers of West Bengal

Since the Independence of India, West Bengal has been governed by a total of eight Chief Ministers, of whom Jyoti Basu of the CPM governed for 23 years, making him the country's longest serving Chief Minister. Of all previous Chief Ministers, five belonged to the INC and two to the CPM.
S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
1Mamata Banerjee05/20/11IncumbentAITC
2Buddhadeb Bhattacharya11/06/0005/13/11CPM
3Jyoti Basu06/21/7711/06/00CPM
4Siddhartha Shankar Ray03/19/7206/21/77INC
5President's rule06/28/7103/19/72 
6Prafulla Chandra Ghosh04/02/7106/28/71INC
7President's rule03/19/7004/02/71 
8Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee02/25/6903/19/70BAC
9President's rule02/20/6802/25/69 
10Prafulla Chandra Ghosh11/02/6702/20/68Independent Progressive Democratic Alliance Front
11Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee03/15/6711/02/67BAC
12Prafulla Chandra Sen07/08/6203/15/67INC
13President's rule07/01/6207/08/62 
14Bidhan Chandra Roy01/14/4807/01/62INC
15Prafulla Chandra Ghosh08/15/4701/14/48INC

List of Governors of West Bengal

Governors are the nominal heads of a state, appointed by the President of India. Since Independence, West Bengal has had 27 governors. The current governor is Keshari Nath Tripathi, who assumed office in 2014. Each governor serves a term of five years, unless circumstances require otherwise. The governor of West Bengal also acts as the Chairman of various organisations like the Victoria Memorial Hall, the Eastern Zonal Culture Centre, the West Bengal's Indian Red Cross Society and the Indian Museum. As an ex officio, the governor also assumes the post of the Chancellor of all the 14 universities of the state.
S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
1Keshari Nath Tripathi Jul 14, 2014Incumbent
2D. Y. PatilJul 5, 2014Jul 14, 2014
3M.K. NarayananJan 24, 2010Jun 30, 2014
4Devanand Konwar (additional charge)Dec 14, 2009Jan 24, 2010
5Gopalkrishna GandhiDec 14, 2004Dec 14, 2009
6Viren J. ShahDec 4, 1999Dec 14, 2004
7Shyamal Kumar Sen (acting)May 18, 1999Dec 4, 1999
8Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai (additional charge)Apr 27, 1998May 18, 1999
9K.V. Raghunatha ReddyAug 14, 1993Apr 27, 1998
10B. Satyanarayan Reddy (additional charge)Jul 13, 1993Aug 14, 1993
11Saiyid Nurul HasanFeb 7, 1990Jul 12, 1993
12T. V. RajeswarMar 20, 1989Feb 7, 1990
13Saiyid Nurul HasanAug 12, 1986Mar 20, 1989
14Uma Shankar DikshitOct 1, 1984Aug 12, 1986
15Satish Chandra (acting)Aug 16, 1984Oct 1, 1984
16Anant Prasad SharmaOct 10, 1983Aug 16, 1984
17Bhairab Dutt PandeSep 12, 1981Oct 10, 1983
18Tribhuvana Narayana SinghNov 6, 1979Sep 12, 1981
19Anthony Lancelot DiasAug 21, 1971Nov 6, 1979
20Shanti Swaroop DhavanSep 19, 1969Aug 21, 1971
21Deep Narayan Sinha (acting)Apr 1, 1969Sep 19, 1969
22Dharma ViraJun 1, 1967Apr 1, 1969
23Padmaja NaiduNov 3, 1956Jun 1, 1967
24Phani Bhusan Chakraborty (acting)Aug 8, 1956Nov 3, 1956
25Harendra Coomar MookerjeeNov 1, 1951Aug 8, 1956
26Kailash Nath KatjuJun 21, 1948Nov 1, 1951
27Chakravarthi RajagopalachariAug 15, 1998 Jun 21, 1948

Cabinet Ministers of West Bengal

MinistriesName of Minister
Chief Minister and Minister in Charge (MIC), Home, Personnel & Administrative Reforms, Information & Cultural, Affairs, Power, Land & Land, Reforms, Health & Family, Affairs, Hill Affairs, Minority, Affairs & Madrasha, Micro , and Small Scale Enterprises, and TextilesMamata Banerjee
Parliamentary Affairs, Education (Primary, School and Higher Education) Partha Chatterjee
Finance and Excise, Commerce & Industries, Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction , Information Technology, Electronics Amit Mitra
Power & Non Conventional Energy Sources Manish Gupta
Public Health & Engineering , Panchayat & Rural DevelopmentSubrata Mukherjee
Mass Education Extension and Library ServicesAbdul Karim Chowdhury
Consumer AffairsSadhan Pande
Backward Classes WelfareUpen Biswas
Disaster Management, Fire & Emergency Services and Civil DefenceJaved Khan
Public Works Department (PWD)Shri Shankar Chakraborty
Refugee, Relief and RehabilitationSabitri Mitra
Food & SuppliesJyotipriya Mallick
Self Help Group and Self EmploymentSantiram Mahato
Co operationShri Jyotirmoy Kar
LabourShri Moloy Ghatak
TourismShri Bratya Basu
StatisticsJanab Noore Alam Chowdhury
Statistics, Planning & Programme ImplementationShri Rachhpal Singh
Food Processing and HorticultureShri Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury
ForestsShri Binay Krishna Burman
North Bengal DevelopmentShri Gautam Deb
Correctional AdministrationShri Janab Haider Aziz Safw
Environmental AffairsSudarshan Ghosh Dastidar
Science & Technology and Bio -TechnologyShri Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay
Technical Education and TrainingShri Ujjal Biswas
Textile Shri Shyamapada Mukherjee
Municipal Affairs and Urban DevelopmentShri Janab Firhad Hakim
Paschimanchal Unnayan AffairsDr. Sukumar Hansda
Water ResourcesShri Soumen Kumar Mahapatra
Agriculture MarketingShri Arup Roy
AgricultureShri Purnendu Basu
Programme ImplementationShri Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya
Irrigation & WaterwaysShri Rajib Banerjee
FisheriesShri Chandra Nath Sinha
Transport, In -land Water Transport, SportsShri Madan Mitra
Housing and Youth AffairsShri Aroop Biswas
Refugee Relief and RehabilitationShri Manjul Krishna Thakur
Law & Judicial Department (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare (MoS)Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya
Sunderban Unnayan Affairs (Independent) Irrigation & Waterways (MoS), Fishries (MoS)Shri Manturam Pakhira
Minister of State, Minister with Independent Charge, Animal Husbandry, MoS, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises Shri Swapan Debnath
Minister of State, Public Health Engineering Shri Pundarikakshya Saha
Minister of State, Land and Land Reforms, Agriculture and Child Development Shri Bacharam Manna
Minister of State, Minorities Affairs & Madrasah EducationShri Giyas Uddin Molla
Minister of State (Independent Charge), Women & Child Welfare, Additional Charge of Social Welfare Department Dr. (Smt.) Sashi Panja
Minister of State (Independent Charge) AYUSH Branch of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Minister of State, School Education, Higher Education Shri Asish Banerjee

Rajya Sabha Members From West Bengal

Ritabrata BanerjeeCPI(M)Apr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020Mithun ChakrabortyAITCApr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020
Md. Nadimul HaqueAITCApr 3, 2012 - Apr 2, 2018Prof. Jogen ChowdhuryAITCApr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020
Ahmed Hassan ImranAITCApr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020Sitaram YechuryCPI(M)Aug 19, 2011 - Aug 18, 2017
Dr. Kanwar Deep SinghAITCApr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020Derek O'BrienAITCAug 19, 2011 - Aug 18, 2017
Vivek GuptaAITCApr 3, 2012 - Apr 2, 2018Debabrata BandyopadhyayAITCAug 19, 2011 - Aug 18, 2017
Mukul RoyAITCApr 3, 2012 - Apr 2, 2018Pradip BhattacharyaINCAug 19, 2011 - Aug 18, 2017
Sukhendu Shekhar RoyAITCAug 19, 2011 - Aug 18, 2017Kunal Kumar GhoshAITCApr 3, 2014 - Apr 2, 2020
Tapan Kumar SenCPI(M)Apr 3, 2012 - Apr 2, 2018Dola SenAITCMar 14, 2015 - Aug 18, 2017

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal is Sunil Kumar Gupta. He was appointed on 31 March 2010. A native of Uttar Pradesh, Gupta is an IAS officer of the 1987 West Bengal cadre. He did his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, post graduation in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York, and several other courses in development and computer applications. Read More

West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

The 16th Lok Sabha elections saw a political change in West Bengal. The state has 42 parliamentary constituencies and in the 2014 elections, 34 seats were won by the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), while the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) won only two seats. The General Elections 2014 took place in West Bengal in five different phases. After TMC won the elections, Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister of the state. In the 2009 General Elections too, the TMC came out as the victorious party after winning 19 seats. The opinion and exit polls had also predicted that TMC would continue to win the 2014 elections as well. During the 2009 General Elections, the TMC party won 19 seats in the state, followed by CPM which won nine seats.

Last Updated on May 24, 2016

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