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West Bengal Elections Latest News And Updates 2018
March 30, 2018 05:26 PM
Panchayat elections in West Bengal are most likely to be held in early May. However, no official announcement of the dates has been made but the political parties are predicting an early May poll battle. There are a total of 60,000 seats for which ..... Read More
February 01, 2018 06:13 PM
Trinamool Congress has won the Uluberia Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal. Congress candidate Sajda Ahmed won the seat by defeating Anupam Mallick, the BJP candidate, by 4,74,023 votes. ..... Read More
January 29, 2018 10:54 AM
By-elections in West Bengal are being held today. The election is being held of Uluberia Lok Sabha constituencies and Noapara Assembly Constituency in the state.  ..... Read More
December 24, 2017 12:53 PM
The Trinamool Congress has marked its victory in the Sabang Assembly seat by-election in West Bengal with 1,06,179 votes, wresting the seat from the Congress. The party had fielded  Gita Rani Bhunia, wife of Manas Bhunia, a former Congress MLA..... Read More
December 24, 2017 11:58 AM
The Trinamool Congress is leading in the Sabang Assembly seat by-election in West Bengal with 1,03,810 votes. While the Left Front is trailing at the second spot with 41,570 votes the BJP is trailing with 36,727 votes. The TMC had fielded Gita Rani..... Read More
December 24, 2017 10:47 AM
The TMC is leading in the Sabang Assembly by-poll in West Bengal with 54,714 votes. The CPI(M) is trailing at the second position with 30,023 votes. The BJP lies in the third position with 21,629 votes ..... Read More
December 24, 2017 09:03 AM
The Trinamool Congress is leading in the Sabang Assembly seat in West Bengal. Trinamool had fielded Gita Rani Bhunia, who is the wife of Manas Bhunia, a former Congress MLA. The BJP had nominated Antara Bhattacharya, while the Congress has fielded ..... Read More
December 24, 2017 08:45 AM
Counting has begun at the Sabang Assembly seat in West Bengal. The ruling party, Trinamool Congress, is locked in a high-voltage fight with BJP and the CPI(M). Voting in the state which was held on Dec 21, had witnessed 74.89 voters turn out. ..... Read More
December 22, 2017 03:49 PM
Around 74% voter turn out was recorded in the Sabang constituency of West Bengal by 3 PM on 21 December. There was a stiff competition between the ruling TMC (Trinamool Congress) and the opposition formed by CPI (Marxist) and BJP. The voting contin..... Read More
December 21, 2017 05:59 PM
According to the Election Commission sources 74.89 per cent votes were recorded till 3 PM. The EC also mentioned that the election was by and large peaceful and it is looking into complaints by the opposition parties. ..... Read More

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 By-Election Result Live Update 2018

BREAKING NEWS :- Trinamool candidate Sajda Ahmed wins the West Bengal Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency seat.
BREAKING NEWS:- Trinamool candidate Sunil Singh wins the West Bengal Noapara Assembly constituency seat.

    West Bengal By-Election Results 2017

    AC NameWinnerPartyRunner-upPartyVotes Margin
    Sabang GITA RANI BHUNIAAll India Trinamool CongressRITA MANDAL (JANA)Communist Party of India (Marxist)64196

    West Bengal Civic Polls Results 2017

    On Sunday August 13th, the elections to seven Urban Local Bodies, five Municipalities, one notified authority and one municipal corporation were held in West Bengal. The results for the same were declared on Thursday, 17th August'17. All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) swiped all the seven civic body election seats. Of the 148 wards, TMC has won 140 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) managed to get 6 seats. The Forward Bloc won the Lefts' seat making CPM and Congress to draw a blank while an independent candidate also bagged one seat. The civic body elections were held to the following municipalities- Buniyadpur, Coopers' Camp Notified Area, Dhupguri Municipality, Durgapur Municipal Corporation, Haldia Municipality, Nalhati Municipality and Panskura Municipality. The Chief Minister and TMC's founder Mamata Banerjee had urged the workers and leaders of the party to work towards ensuring the victory of the party in the elections.

    There was a tough battle between Communist Party of India [CPI(M)] and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). TMC won twenty nine wards at Haldia, twelve at Cooper's Camp Notified Area, fourteen of sixteen wards at Nalhati, thirteen of fourteen wards at Buniyadpur, twelve of sixteen wards at Dhupguri and seventeen of eighteen wards at Panskura Municipality. TMC won four seats uncontested- two seats in Panskura municipality, one seat in Durgapur and one seat in Cooper's Camp Notified Area, after the oppositional candidates withdrew their candidature. While the BJP managed to win six wards- four wards in Dhupgiri, one ward in Panskura and one ward in Buniyadpur.

    The politics for power witnessed different shades amidst the elections. Despite reports of violence and unrest in Durgapur, elections were not curtailed by the State Election Commissioner, A K Singh. The circumstances on Sunday were violation of the effective conduct of elections. Amidst violence, incidents of setting vehicles on fire and stone pelting at the police, the oppositional parties accused TMC of sabotaging West Bengal Civic Body Elections. The oppositional parties demanded cancellation and repoll of elections and accused TMC of resorting to hooliganism and vandalism.

    S.NoPartySeats Won
    1All India Trinamool Congress 140
    2Bhartiya Janta Party6
    3Forward Bloc1
    4Independent Candidate1

    West Bengal By-elections 2016 Results

    AC/PC No.AC/PC NameWinnerPartyVotesRunner-upPartyVotes
    1Coochbehar (SC)Partha Pratim RayTMC794375Hem Chandra BarmanBJP381134
    30TamlukAdhikari DibyenduTMC779594Mandira Panda CPM282066
    263MonteswarSaikat PanjaTMC147316Md.Osman Gani SarkarCPM20189

    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. Check the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of West Bengal...

    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 Banerjee05/27/16IncumbentAITC
    2Mamata Banerjee05/20/1105/27/16AITC
    3Buddhadeb Bhattacharya11/06/0005/13/11CPM
    4Jyoti Basu06/21/7711/06/00CPM
    5Siddhartha Shankar Ray03/19/7206/21/77INC
    6President's rule06/28/7103/19/72 
    7Prafulla Chandra Ghosh04/02/7106/28/71INC
    8President's rule03/19/7004/02/71 
    9Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee02/25/6903/19/70BAC
    10President's rule02/20/6802/25/69 
    11Prafulla Chandra Ghosh11/02/6702/20/68Independent Progressive Democratic Alliance Front
    12Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee03/15/6711/02/67BAC
    13Prafulla Chandra Sen07/08/6203/15/67INC
    14President's rule07/01/6207/08/62 
    15Bidhan Chandra Roy01/14/4807/01/62INC
    16Prafulla 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 RajagopalachariJun 21, 1948Aug 15, 1998

    Cabinet Ministers of West Bengal

    Name of MinisterMinister in Charge
    Mamata Banerjee, Chief MinisterPersonnel and Administrative Reforms, Hill Affairs, Home, Information and Cultural Affairs, Land and Land Reforms, Health and Family Welfare, Minorities Affairs and Madrasah Education, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises
    Sri Partha ChattertonParliamentary Affairs, School Education, Higher Education
    Sri Amit MitraExcise, Finance, Commerce & Industries, Public Enterprise, Industrial Reconstruction
    Sri Sovandeb ChatterjeePower & Non-Conventional Energy Sources
    Sri Subrata MukherjeePanchayat & Rural Development, Public Health Engineering
    Sri Sadhan PandeyConsumer Affairs
    Janab Javed Ahamed KhanDisaster Management
    Sri Sovan ChatterjeeFire & Emergency Services
    Sri Rabindra Nath BhattacharyaStatistics & Programme Implementation
    Sri Jyotipriyo MallickFood & Supplies
    Sri Sadhan PandeSelf Help Group & Self Employment
    Janab Haider Aziz SafwiCorrectional Administration
    Sri Purnendu BasuAgriculture
    Sri Bratya BasuTourism
    Shri Rachhpal SinghPlanning
    Sri Binay Krishna BarmanForest
    Sri Goutam DebNorth Bengal Development
    Sri Shankar ChakrabortyPublic Works Department
    Sri Rabiranjan ChattopadhyayScience & Technology, Biotechnology
    Sri Sudarshan Ghosh DastidarEnvironment
    Sri Ujjal BiswasTechnical Education & Traning
    Sri Shyamapada MukherjeeTextiles branch of Dept. of MSSE & Textiles
    Janab Firhad HakimMunicipal Affairs, Urban Development
    Sri Shantiram MahatoPaschimanchal Unnayan Affairs
    Dr. Soumen Kumar MahapatraWater Resources Investigation & Development
    Sri Arup RoyAgriculture Marketing
    Sri Chandranath SinhaFisheries
    Smt. Sabitri MitraRefugee Relief & Rehabilitation
    Mamata BanerjeeTransport
    Sri Aroop BiswasSports, Housing, Youth Services
    Sri Krishnendu Narayan ChowdhuryFood Processing Industries & Horticulture
    Sri Rajib BanerjeeIrrigation & Waterways
    Sri Malay GhatakLabour
    Sri Jyotirmoy KarCo-Operation
    Dr. Sukumar HansdaTribal Development
    Ministers of State
    Siddiqullah ChowdhuryMass Education Extension & Librery Services
    Sandharani TuduBackward Classes Welfare
    Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya (Independent Charge)Law & Judicial
    Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya (Independent Charge)Health and Family Welfare
    Sri Manturam Pakhira (Independent Charge)Sundarban Affairs
    Sri Manturam PakhiraIrrigation and Waterways
    Sri Swapan Debnath (Independent Charge)Animal Resources Development
    Sri Swapan DebnathMicro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textiles
    Sri Pundarikakshya SahaPublic Health Engineering
    Sri Becharam MannaLand and Land Reforms, Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing
    Janab Giasuddin MollaMinority Affairs and Madrasah Education
    Dr. Sashi Panja (Independent Charge)Child Development
    Dr. Sashi Panja (Independent Charge)Women Development & Social Welfare
    Sri Asish Banerjee (Independent Charge)AYUSH Branch of Health & F.W Department
    Sri Asish BanerjeeSchool Education & Higher Education Department

    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 June 06, 2016

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