The results of West Bengal’s assembly elections will be announced today on Sunday, following more than a month of frantic campaigning in the shadow of a raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s everything you need to know to understand the elections:
This year’s election in the state was primarily fought between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The TMC has been in power since 2011, led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Following a strong showing in the 2019 Lok Sabha election and the fading footprint of the once-powerful Left alliance, the BJP, which was previously a marginal player in Bengal, has now taken centre stage.
A coalition of the CPM-led Left, the Congress, and the Indian Secular Front is also in the running. The alliance, however, is not regarded as a significant challenger in 2021.
West Bengal has 294 assembly seats, two of which were not contested due to the deaths of two candidates prior to the seventh phase. These two seats will go to the polls on 16th May.
This means that the magic number for a party or alliance to form the government is 147.
The election was held in eight phases, making it the state’s longest electoral process in history, with the final round ending on April 29.
The state had an overall voter turnout of 81.87 percent, which was lower than the 83 percent recorded in 2016.
Exit polls were divided on the election outcome, with some predicting a hung assembly and others favouring either the TMC or the BJP.
According to a poll of nine exit polls, the state may be headed for a splintered mandate. According to the total, the TMC would win 141 seats, while the BJP would win 138. With only 13 seats, the Left alliance will be a distant third.
Whether the predictions come true or not, it appears that the state is in for a close race.
Source:- The Times of India