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West Bengal Assembly Election 2016
The West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 was held over a month in six phases from 4 April to 5 May in 294 constituencies of the state. The first phase was held in two parts in Maoist-affected constituencies of Bankura, Burdwan, Purulia and Pashchim Medinipur. The overall voter turnout was about 80%. Results were declared on 19 May. The Trinamool Congress got resounding majority winning 211 seats. After dethroning the Left Front government in the historic elections of 2011, Banerjee and her party returned to power with a better performance in 2016. Key opposition CPI(M) got 33 seats while its alliance partner Congress got 44.
About West Bengal Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha)
West Bengal has a unicameral type of legislature. It consists of the Legislative Assembly only. The Assembly is located in the B.B.D. Bagh area of Kolkata, the state capital. Out of the 295 seats in the assembly, 294 are directly elected from single-member constituencies and the remaining one seat is filled by nominating a person belonging to Anglo-Indian community. The normal term of the Assembly is five years.
West Bengal Legislative Assembly was established in 1862 by the Indian Councils Act of 1861. It was then expanded by a series of acts. The Indian Constitution had allotted bicameral system of legislature to West Bengal in 1950. The bicameral system includes a Legislative Council (Vidhan Parishad) and a Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha). However, the state's Legislative Council was abolished in 1969 following an Assembly resolution to that effect. The present government has broached discussions for bringing it back.
The first elections for West Bengal's Legislative Assembly were held in 1952. Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy of Indian National Congress became the first Chief Minister of West Bengal. The 15th Assembly was constituted on 13 May 2011 and had its first meeting on 30 July 2011. The 2011 Assembly elections were historic as it uprooted the Left Front which had been in power for no less than 34 years. It also brought the Trinamool Congress in power for the first time. Led by party chief Mamata Banerjee, the TMC won by a huge margin. The CPI (M) was reduced to an opposition party.
Kesari Nath Tripathi is the current governor of West Bengal. Biman Banerjee and Sonali Guha are speaker and deputy speaker of the House respectively. Surya Kanta Mishra of CPI (M) is the main leader of opposition. Know the current members of West Bengal Legislative Assembly ...
Last Updated on March 14, 2020