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Voting begins for 5th phase of West Bengal Assembly elections in 53 constituencies |Polling percentage 72.19% Till 3 P.M.| West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote. | Polling underway across 53 seats in South 24 Parganas, Kolkata South and Hooghly Districts | Amit Shah, BJP president, will today address public meetings in West Benga

West Bengal Elections 2016 - Updates and Results

West Bengal Elections Latest News And Updates

May 01, 2016 12:01 AM
People voted enthusiastically in the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections and as per reports, the voter turnout was 78.25%. Security was ti..... Read More
April 30, 2016 12:57 PM
The fifth phase of the West Bengal assembly polls witnessed a decent turnout. Reports said that by 11 am, 38.15 percent of the people had voted. Muc..... Read More
April 30, 2016 09:55 AM
Voting for the fifth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections began on Saturday. A number of heavyweights, including the Chief Minister of West B..... Read More
April 29, 2016 11:56 AM
Campaigning has ended for the fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections that will be held on 30 April. The fate of prominent candidates, mos..... Read More
April 29, 2016 11:45 AM
The fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections will be held on 30 April in 53 constituencies of South Kolkata, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas. It ..... 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

Live Updates : West Bengal Fifth Phase Election 2016

  • Voter Turnout 72.19% till 3 P.M05:49:17 pm

  • Riya Sarkar has become the first presiding officer for a booth in Kolkata in the West Bengal assembly elections. 05:21:28 pm

  • The police have so far arrested 27 people from several parts of Kolkata.04:22:56 pm

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote.04:00:13 pm

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote.04:00:11 pm

  • The Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar said that the EC has issued an order to file an FIR against Sonali Guha, TMC leader and Deputy Speaker, for giving instructions to thrash the CPI-M polling agent.02:39:47 pm

  • TMC MP Moon Moon Sen and her daughters Raima & Riya cast their votes in the fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections.02:26:52 pm

  • The poll percentage for the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections was 54.75% till 1pm.01:50:32 pm

  • According to latest reports, two voters were injured when central forces tried to disperse a mob at Saturia school in Bhagar constituency.01:47:06 pm

  • Former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya casts his vote.01:46:47 pm

  • TMC leader Firhad Hakim casts his vote for the 5th phase of #WestBengal Assembly elections, in Kolkata. ANI12:55:55 pm

  • Voter Turnout as of 11 A.M. 38.15%; 32.58 % in Hooghly; 39.81% in Kolkata South; 39.81% in Parganas.12:49:26 pm

  • Unidentified people threw a bomb in Murshidabad's Beldanga leading to the death of a civic police volunteer. 11:42:11 am

  • As per latest reports, the poll percentage for the fifth phase of West Bengal elections at 11 AM is 38.15%.11:37:59 am

  • According to the Kolkata police, four people were arrested from Port area due to unlawful gathering and disorderly conduct.10:46:57 am

  • According to reports, 19.4 percent voters turned out till 9 am for the fifth phase of the West Bengal elections. Individually, Hooghly witnessed 20.10 %, Kolkata South 15.64 % and South 24 Parganas 20.04 %.10:40:24 am

  • BJP's Chandra Bose casts his vote.10:36:33 am

  • The central force in Satgachia stopped the Deputy Speaker Sonali Guha from entering a polling booth.10:27:50 am

  • The CPIM has accused the supporters of TMC of threatening people not to vote.10:25:28 am

  • As per latest reports, the first few hours of Bengal fifth phase elections have largely been free of violence.10:18:47 am



West Bengal Assembly Election 2016 Dates and Schedule

Phase-1
(04 & 11 April, 2016)
Phase-2
(17 April, 2016)
Phase-3
(21 April, 2016)
Phase-4
(25 April, 2016)
Phase-5
(30 April, 2016)
Phase-6
(05 May, 2016)
Phase 1
Poll EventFirst Phase
 1 (a) (18 ACs)
(voter turnout - 80%)
1(b) (31 ACs)
(voter turnout - 79.51%)
Issue of Notification11.03.2016 (FRI)14.03.2016 (MON)
Last date for making Nominations18.03.2016 (FRI)21.03.2016 (MON)
Scrutiny of Nominations19.03.2016 (SAT)22.03.2016 (TUE)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature21.03.2016 (MON)26.03.2016 (SAT)
Date of Poll04.04.2016 (MON)11.04.2016 (MON)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-1 elections in West Bengal
Phase - 1 (a) (18 Assembly Constituencies)Phase - 1 (b) (31 Assembly Constituencies)
Ac. No.Ac. NameAc. No.Ac. NameAc. No.Ac. Name
220Nayagram (ST)219Dantan255Bishnupur
221Gopiballavpur223Keshiary (ST)256Katulpur (SC)
222Jhargram224Kharagpur Sadar257Indus (SC)
234Salboni225Narayangarh258Sonamukhi(SC)
236Medinipur226Sabang275Pandabeswar
237Binpur (ST)227Pingla276Durgapur Purba
238Bandwan (ST)228Kharagpur277Durgapur Paschim
239Balarampur229Debra278Raniganj
240Baghmundi230Daspur279Jamuria
241Joypur231Ghatal (SC)280Asansol Dakshin
242Purulia232Chandrakona(SC)281Asansol Uttar
243Manbazar (ST)233Garbeta282Kulti
244Kashipur235Keshpur (SC)283Barabani
245Para (SC)247Saltora (SC)  
246Raghunathpur(SC)248Chhatna  
249Ranibandh (ST)252Bankura  
250Raipur (ST)253Barjora  
251Taldangra254Onda 
Phase 2 (voter turnout - 79.20%)
Poll Event2nd Phase (56 ACs)
Issue of Notification22.03.2016 (TUE)
Last date for making Nominations29.03.2016 (TUE)
Scrutiny of Nominations30.03.2016 (WED)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature01.04.2016 (FRI)
Date of Poll17.04.2016 (SUN)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-2 elections in West Bengal
AC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. Name
10Kumargram29Islampur48Ratua
11Kalchini30Goalpokhar49Manikchak
12Alipurduars31Chakulia50Maldah
13Falakata32Karandighi51English Bazar
14Madarihat33Hemtabad52Mothabari
15Dhupguri34Kaliaganj53Sujapur
16Maynaguri35Raiganj54Baisnabnagar
17Jalpaiguri36Itahar284Dubrajpur
18Rajganj37Kushmandi285Suri
19Dabgram Phulbari38Kumarganj286Bolpur
20Mal39Balurghat287Nanoor
21Nagrakata40Tapan288Labhpur
22Kalimpong41Gangarampur289Sainthia
23Darjeeling42Harirampur290Mayureswar
24Kurseong43Habibpur291Rampurhat
25Matigara Naxalbari44Gazole292Hansan
26Siliguri45Chanchal293Nalhati
27Phansidewa46Harishchandrapur294Murarai
28Chopra47Malatipur 
Phase 3 (voter turnout - 79.22%)
Poll Event3rd Phase (62 ACs)
Issue of Notification28.03.2016 (MON)
Last date for making Nominations04.04.2016 (MON)
Scrutiny of Nominations05.04.2016 (TUE)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature07.04.2016 (THU)
Date of Poll21.04.2016 (THU)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-3 elections in West Wengal
AC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. Name
55Farakka76Jalangi165Joynagar
56Samserganj77Karimpur166Shyampukur
57Suti78Tehatta167Maniktala
58Jangipur79Palashipara168Kashipur Belgachhia
59Raghunathganj80Kaliganj259Khandaghosh
60Sagardighi81Nakashipara260Burdwan Dakshin
61Lalgola82Chapra261Raina
62Bhagabangola83Krishnanagar Uttar262Jamalpur
63Raninagar84Nabadwip263Monteswar
64Murshidabad85Krishnanagar Dakshin264Kalna
65Nabagram86Santipur265Memari
66Khargram87Ranaghat Uttar Paschim266Burdwan Uttar
67Burwan88Krishnaganj267Bhatar
68Kandi89Ranaghat Uttar Purba268Purbasthali Dakshin
69Bharatpur90Ranaghat Dakshin269Purbasthali Uttar
70Rejinagar91Chakdaha270Katwa
71Beldanga92Kalyani271Ketugram
72Baharampur93Haringhata272Mangalkot
73Hariharpara162Chowringhee273Ausgram
74Naoda163Entally274Galsi
75Domkal164Beliaghata 
Phase 4
Poll Event4th Phase (49 ACs)
Issue of Notification01.04.2016 (FRI)
Last date for making Nominations08.04.2016 (FRI)
Scrutiny of Nominations09.04.2016 (SAT)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature11.04.2016 (MON)
Date of Poll25.04.2016 (MON)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-4 elections in West Webgal
AC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. Name
94Bagda111Panihati169Bally
95Bangaon Uttar112Kamarhati170Howrah Uttar
96Bangaon Dakshin113Baranagar171Howrah Madhya
97Gaighata114Dum Dum Uttar172Shibpur
98Swarupnagar115Rajarhat New Town173Howrah Dakshin
99Baduria116Bidhannagar174Sankrail
100Habra117Rajarhat Gopalpur175Panchla
101Ashokenagar118Madhyamgram176Uluberia Purba
102Amdanga119Barasat177Uluberia Uttar
103Bijpur120Deganga178Uluberia Dakshin
104Naihati121Haroa179Shyampur
105Bhatpara122Minakhan180Bagnan
106Jagatdal123Sandeshkhali181Amta
107Noapara124Basirhat Dakshin182Udaynarayanpur
108Barrackpur125Basirhat Uttar183Jagatballavpur
109Khardaha126Hingalganj184Domjur
110Dum Dum   
Phase 5
Poll Event5th Phase ( 53 ACs)
Issue of Notification04.04.2016 (MON)
Last date for making Nominations11.04.2016 (MON)
Scrutiny of Nominations12.04.2016 (TUE)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature16.04.2016 (SAT)
Date of Poll30.04.2016 (SAT)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-5 elections in West Bengal
AC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. Name
127Gosaba145Satgachhia186Serampore
128Basanti146Bishnupur Sc187Champdani
129Kultali147Sonarpur Dakshin188Singur
130Patharpratima148Bhangar189Chandannagar
131Kakdwip149Kasba190Chunchura
132Sagar150Jadavpur191Balagarh
133Kulpi151Sonarpur Uttar192Pandua
134Raidighi152Tollygunge193Saptagram
135Mandirbazar153Behala Purba194Chanditala
136Jhargram154Behala Paschim195Jangipara
137Baruipur Purba155Maheshtala196Haripal
138Canning Paschim156Budge Budge197Dhanekhali
139Canning Purba157Metiaburuz198Tarakeswar
140Baruipur Paschim158Kolkata Port199Pursurah
141Magrahat Purba159Bhabanipur200Arambagh
142Magrahat Paschim160Rashbehari201Goghat
143Diamond Harbour161Ballygunge202Khanakul
144Falta185Uttarpara  
Phase 6
Poll Event6th Phase ( 25 ACs)
Issue of Notification11.04.2016 (MON)
Last date for making Nominations18.04.2016 (MON)
Scrutiny of Nominations19.04.2016 (TUE)
Last date for withdrawal of candidature21.04.2016 (THU)
Date of Poll05.05.2016 (THU)
Counting of Votes19.05.2016 (THU)
Date before which election process shall be completed21.05.2016 (SAT)
List of constituencies for Phase-6 elections in West Bengal
AC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. NameAC. No.AC. Name
1Mekliganj (SC)203Tamluk212Patashpur
2Mathabhanga(SC)204Panskura Purba213Kanthi Uttar
3Coochbehar Uttar (SC)205Panskura Paschim214Bhagabanpur
4Coochbehar Dakshin206Moyna215Khejuri(SC)
5Sitalkuchi(SC)207Nandakumar216Kanthi Dakshin
6Sitai (SC)208Mahisadal217Ramnagar
7Dinhata209Haldia (SC)218Egra
8Natabari210Nandigram&Nbsp;&Nbsp;
9Tufanganj211Chandipur&Nbsp;

Polling Summary of West Bengal Assembly Elections, 2016

Phase 1-A

The first phase of West Bengal Assembly elections was conducted in two parts on 4 and 11 April. In Phase 1-A, voting was held amid tight security in the state's 18 constituencies, out of which 13 had been recognised as Maoist-affected by the Election Commission of India.
As many as 393 troops of central forces and 12,000 state police personnel were deployed in order to ensure peaceful polling. Voting in the sensitive areas of Bankura and West Midnapore ended at 4 P.M. due to security concerns, while in other constituencies it went on till 6 P.M. The voter turnout was 80%. In Purulia, more than 300 villagers boycotted the elections to register their protest against not getting water and electricity despite promises made by elected leaders.

Phase 1-B

In the second round of the first phase, polling was conducted in 31 Assembly constituencies of Bankura, Burdwan and Pashchim Medinipur. Incidents of violence were reported in Jamuria, Chandrakona and some other areas. One CPI(M) worker was hospitalised following a scuffle with TMC workers. The Election Commission received over 800 complaints related to issues of polling agents being barred from entry into polling booths. Crude bombs were recovered from Jamuria in Bardhaman district. An unidentified man was seen moving around with a gun in an assembly constituency in Bankura probably to intimidate voters voting for opposition parties. The voter turnout was 79.51 %.

Some of the prominent candidates whose fate got decided in Phase 1-B were Manas Bhuniya of Congress, Surjya Kanta Mishra of CPI(M), actor Soham Chakraborty of TMC and veteran Congress politician Gyan Singh Sohanpal.

Phase 2

The second phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 was conducted on Sunday 17 April in 56 constituencies. Voting took place in six north districts of North Bengal, namely, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum in south Bengal. These constituencies may pose a tough challenge for the ruling Trinamool Congress as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha remains the favourite, especially in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.

According to reports, the voter turnout was 79.70%. Polling percentage was 82.07 % in Alipurduar, 77.69 % in Jalpaiguri, 74 % in Darjeeling, 78.90% in North Dinajpur, 82.72% in South Dinajpur, 79.60 % in Malda and 82.89% in Birbhum at 5 P.M. The turnout was heavy irrespective of incidents of sporadic violence. Polling concluded at 4 P.M. itself as a precautionary measure in seven constituencies of Birbhum as they are affected by Left-wing extremism.

A four-member BJP delegation sought immediate removal of the West Bengal Chief Election Officer (CEO) for acting in a partisan way and demanded that the polls in nine Assembly constituencies of Birbhum district be countermanded. Controversial TMC member Anubrata Mandal was put under constant surveillance by the Election Commission for violating poll code and instructions. More than 1.2 crore electorate decided the fate of 383 candidates, including 33 women candidates.

Phase 3

The third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections 2016 took place on 21 April in 62 constituencies of Burdwan, Kolkata North, Murshidabad and Nadia. About 1.37 crore voters cast their votes across 16,461 polling stations to decide the fate of 418 candidates, including 33 women candidates. According to reports, the voter turnout was 79.22%.

Incidents of violence were reported in different parts of the state. One CPI(M) worker lost his life after a crude bomb explosion in Jitpur village in Domkal, Murshidabad district. Three more people were injured in Ketugram in Burdwan district in another crude bomb explosion. A CPI(M) supporter was allegedly beaten up by TMC workers in Chakdaha region of Nadia district. Two CPI(M) polling agents were allegedly attacked by TMC workers in Gayeshpur town, Nadia.

More than 1,000 complaints were received by the Election Commission and 50 people were arrested or detained over poll-related violence. Jorasanko constituency, in which the tragic flyover collapse happened few days prior to the commencement of elections, also went to polls in the third phase. The mishap had claimed 21 lives and injured 85.

Phase 4

The fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections was held on 25 April in 49 constituencies of Bidhan Nagar, Howrah and North 24 Parganas. Over 1.08 crore voters were eligible to decide the fate of 345 candidates. Polling was conducted amid high security across 12,481 polling stations. At least 672 companies of central forces were deployed.

Seven TMC ministers, including Bratya Basu and Amit Mitra, were among the candidates in fray. The BJP candidate Rupa Ganguly was pitted against TMC's Lakshmiratan Shukla in Howrah North. The TMC and BJP contested from all 49 constituencies. The CPI(M), Congress, and BSP contested in 24, 12 and 35 constituencies.

Clashes and scuffles were reported in different parts of Howrah and North 24 Parganas. Some CPI(M) workers got injured and were hospitalised. Many voters complained of intimidation by TMC cadres. The EC received over 2,000 polling-related complaints. The voter turnout was 78.05%.

West Bengal (WB) Elections 2016

On 4 March, the Election Commission announced the dates for West Bengal assembly elections 2016. The first phase of the six-phase voting will take place on 4 and 11 April. The state will conduct the second and third phase on 17 and 21 April respectively. The last three phases of elections will take place on 25 April, 30 April and 5 May. The votes will be counted on 19 May. Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi, has declared that paramilitary forces will be deployed in the state at the time of voting in order to ensure free, fair, and peaceful elections.

The key opposition, CPI(M), is still licking its wounds following the historic defeat at the hands of TMC in 2011. At stake are 294 assembly seats representing 20 districts of West Bengal.

Sitaram Yechury, the recently-elected general secretary of CPI(M), has a huge responsibility on his shoulders to revive the party's fortunes in Bengal. There were some suggestions within the party to make electoral adjustments with the Congress. However, it is doubtful whether this step will guarantee the party any success in taking on TMC or not.

With heavyweight national parties Congress and BJP also in the fray, citizens must be prepared to see a fierce political battle. The BJP is braving from its recent defeat in Bihar Assembly elections and eager to make corrections. The Congress is equally determined to gain some lost ground. All the major parties in fray are eying possible alliances. TMC's pre-emptive attempts at forging alliance with the Congress were visible when the party chief greeted the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on her birthday.

What Do the Opinion Polls Say?

With the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government completing its term in May 2016, the state of West Bengal is headed for another phase of assembly elections this year. Elections will be held to select representatives of 294 constituencies of West Bengal legislative assembly. After dethroning the Left Front government in the historic elections of 2011, Banerjee now faces the tough task of highlighting the work done by her government in order to come back to power.

It is no secret that the Trinamool Congress leader had a difficult tenure as chief minister of West Bengal. The opposition spared no opportunity to attack her government for the Saradha scam besides rising crime and violence in the state. While some opinion polls say that Trinamool Congress is most likely to win in the forthcoming assembly elections, some others predict that the BJP could emerge as the surprise winner. The possibility of a Congress-CPIM alliance is also influencing the outcome of opinion polls.

Opinion polls predict that the incumbent Trinamool Congress will come back to power in the forthcoming assembly elections. The much discussed Congress-CPI(M) alliance, even if it does materialise, will not be able to inflict much damage on the TMC's tally. The BJP has a slim chance of winning any seat this time.

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

NamePartyTermNamePartyTerm
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.

West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise


Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in West Bengal Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

West bengal 2014 Party Wise Results
Last Updated on April 30, 2016


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