YK MYK HOW LOCKDOWN LED TO SPIKING OF GENDER GAP OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 3 MAY, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—7, ISSUE—344 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) RCB VS KKR: CUMMINS'S BATTLE WITH MAXWELL; FOCUS ON AB SPORTS Morning India Didi gets power; BJP gets foothold SUVENDU GIVES TOUGH FIGHT TO MAMATA AT NANDIGRAM; CONG, LEFT WIPED OUT KOLKATA: With the Trinamool Congress poised to cruise to a landslide victory in the Assembly elections to return to power for third time in a row, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday dedicated the win to the people of West Bengal, besides taking a dig at both the Election Commission and the BJP. However, there seemed to be a setback for the Trinamool supremo in Nandigram, where after several twist-and-turns, her one-time aide Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP reportedly defeated her by a narrow margin. The Trinamool, however, has not accepted the verdict yet, claiming that the counting is still on. "The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate," the party tweeted. Speaking at the state secretariat Nabanna, Banerjee didn't spare the EC besides hinting that something wrong is going on in Nandigram. "The Election Commission worked as a spokesperson of the BJP and now see what they are doing. Three hours back, it said something and now it is saying something else. Let Nadigram give its verdict, I shall accept that. I shall go to the court," she said. There was a tweet from Banerjee that read "For winning a greater battle you must sacrifice something." She was hinting at the confusion that prevailed in Nandigram. Initially there was an announcement that Banerjee has won from Nandigram. Even BJP spokesperson Jay Prakash Mamjumdar congratulated Banerjee on her victory, but after that there were reports that Suvendu Adhikari has won. Making it obvious that fighting Covid is her priority, the Trinamool supremo vowed to work for the people all through her life. "This is a victory for the people of Bengal. This is a victory of the people of the country. This is a victory of democracy. The people of Bengal have saved democracy," Banerjee said. The Chief Minister also made it clear that her fight against the BJP will continue. "I announce that all the people of the state will get free vaccine. I would also like to request the Central government to arrange for free vaccination for all the people of the country. This is our demand and if it is not met, I shall go for a non-violent movement at the foot of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. It will need only Rs 3,000 crore for vaccinating the whole country and that is not a huge amount," the Banerjee said. "BJP has used everything -- money power, muscle power and everything possible -- but the people of Bengal have voted for development. The people of Bengal have saved democracy. I congratulate all my mothers and sister and minority brothers and sisters," she added. Banerjee also announced that there will be no victory procession right now because of the Covid situation. "The oath taking ceremony will also be organised in a small way. There will be a huge victory rally at the Brigade, but that will be announced later once the pandemic subsides," she said. TRINAMOOL TURNCOATS FAIL TO LIFT BJP IN BENGAL The Trinamool Congress is poised to retain power in West Bengal for a third straight term, especially after the chances of the main opposition BJP were badly dented by the dismal performance of some of its candidates who were given tickets after they had jumped ship from the Trinamool to the saffron party in the run-up to the high-octane Assembly elections in the state. Apart from Suvendu Adhikari, whose fate hangs in balance in Nandigram against Chief Minister TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee addressing media persons in Kolkata after declaration of Assembly poll results on Sunday. TMC scored a landslide victory in the hotly contested elections. Her grand daughter (daughter of her nephew and MP Avishek Banerjee) is also seen. PRABIR BHATTACHARJEE Mamata Banerjee, all the other Trinamool leaders who had joined the BJP just before the polls suffered Change of guard, DMK to form govt after 10 years defeat. Of the 34 Trinamool lead- Vote % (2021) Vote % (2016) 2021 AIA DMK 69 DMK 132 89 37 31 OTH 33 9 29 ASSEMBLY POLL RESULTS Stalin said in a statement. He said going by the leading position of the DMK-led alliance in majority of the constituencies, it is clear the party will form the next government. "The AIADMK numbers may settle down 2021 2016 Vote % (2021) Vote % (2016) TMC 211 211 48 BJP 79 3 38 10 OTH 4 70 12 Interestingly enough, Singur was much hyped in this election where the saffron brigade had fielded Rabindranath Bahttacharya -- a school teacher who fought the land reforms movement in Singur and was a part of the Mamata Banerjee government. Chattopadhyay from the Bhowanipore seat. Ghosh was known to be a vocal supporter of Trinamool and had served in several positions in Mamata Banerjee's administration. Pradip Mazumdar of the Trinamool defeated Diptangshu Chowdhury, another former Trinamool leader and ex-advisor to Mamata Banerjee, in the Durgapur Purba seat. Chowdhury had defected to the BJP a few months before the polls. Prabir Ghosal, another defector, lost to Trinamool's Kanchan Mallick in the Uttarpara constituency in Hooghly district. Somnath Shyam of Trinamool defeated Arindam 136 33 40 23 further as the vote difference between its candidates and rivals in about 60 seats is narrow and the lead may reverse later," expelled former AIADMK Parliamentarian K.C. Palanisamy told IANS. The DMK-led alliance has notched up a comfortable lead routing the AIADMK front across the state barring the western belt where the latter is holding its own. With poll victory in sight, DMK cadres assembled at the party headquarters here and celebrated by bursting crackers and dancing, with no adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols. Party TOTAL CASES: 1,87,71,713 TOTAL CASES: 151,250,377 TOTAL DEATH: 3,182,157 WEATHER TODAY MAX 33 C MIN 27 C Sky will be partly cloudy. 2016 Vote % (2021) 45 45 WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY POLL RESULTS Bhattacharya in Jagatdal seat while Silbhadra Dutta, another, defector lost to late Kajal Sinha of Trinamool in Khardah. Sinha had succumbed to Covid-19 on April 25 after the polling was conducted in the seat. Similarly, Deboprasad Bag of Trinamool defeated Biswajit Kundu in Kalna. However, the Nandigram seat hangs in balance where Suvendu Adhikari is fighting against Mamata Banerjee. The Election Commission kept the counting on hold as both the parties have demanded recounting. Adhikari, the former trusted aide of Banerjee and one of the main faces of the Nandigram movement, had joined the BJP in December last year. He had won from Nandigram in 2016 on a Trinamool ticket. Mihir Goswami is one of the few Trinamool turncoats who tasted success in the present elections. Goswami, who had joined the BJP a few months back, won from Natabari by defeating Rabindranath Ghosh of the Trinamool. JMM WINS MADHUPUR BYPOLL 79 91 33 43 Vote % (2016) UDF INDIA TOTAL DEATH: 2,08,382 2021 LDF CORONA METER WORLD TAMIL NADU Party TOTAL SEATS: 140 Party CHENNAI: Change of guard is all set to happen after 10 years in Tamil Nadu with the DMK-led alliance coasting towards an emphatic victory in the 2021 Assembly polls. The DMK, led by its President M.K. Stalin, is leading in 121 of the state's 234 Assembly constituencies and if the trend continues, then it can form the government on its own. The party-led front is leading in 143 Assembly constituencies (Congress 15, CPI and CPI-M two each, VCK three) for which the polls were held on April 6. On the other hand, the AIADMK-led front is leading in 90 constituencies (AIADMK 81, BJP 3 and PMK 6). "In the history of DMK, a new chapter is set to begin," TOTAL SEATS: 294 Vijayan dedicates victory to people TOTAL SEATS: 234 2016 ers who had joined the BJP, 13 were given tickets and the majority of them lost, including heavyweights like Rajib Banerjee, Sabyasachi Dutta and Rabindranath Bhattacharjee. Rajib Banerjee, a former minister in Mamata Banerjee's cabinet who had defected to the BJP in January this, year lost to Trinamool's Kalyanendu Ghosh by a margin of 42,512 votes from Domjur in Howrah district. He was elected twice from the same constituency in 2011 and 2016, but on a Trinamool ticket. Interestingly enough, Singur was much hyped in this election where the saffron brigade had fielded Rabindranath Bahttacharya - a school teacher who fought the land reforms movement in Singur and was a part of the Mamata Banerjee government. The veteran leader was pitted against Mamata loyalist Becharam Manna, who defeated Bhattacharyay by a margin of 25,933 votes. Jitendra Tiwari, another former Trinamool heavyweight who joined the BJP after rebelling against the party leadership, lost to Narendranath Chakraborty from Pandabeshwar in West Burdwan district. Similarly, Baishali Dalmiya, who was expelled from the Trinamool for speaking out against the party, lost against Rana Chatterjee of the Trinamool by a margin of 6,231votes from the Bally constituency in Howrah district. Sabyasachi Dutta, who had joined the BJP in October 2019, lost to Trinamool's Sujit Bose from the Bidhanagar seat by 7,997 votes. Two-time MLA Dipak Halder, who had joined the BJP in February, lost to Pannalal Halder of the Trinamool from the Diamond Harbour constituency in South 24 Parganas district. Actor Rudranil Ghosh, who had joined the saffron brigade a few months ago, lost to Trinamool's Sovandeb THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who broke a four-decade-old trend of one term governments in the state as he led his Left Democratic Front to a successive second stint in power, on Sunday dedicated the victory to the people and said they are humbled by the response of the people who supported them and this will be the booster to start work on building a resilient Kerala. He also tore into the Congress-ed opposition, the BJP as well as a section of the media. Addressing the media at his home base in Kannur when the tally of the victory showed 99 seats for the Left, 21 47 24 35 OTH 40 2 43 19 KERALA ASSEMBLY POLL RESULTS with the Congress-led Opposition ending up with 41 seats and the BJP which had one seat in the 2016 Assembly polls, failed to get any seat this time, a beaming Vijayan said: "I wish to state that this was a great political fight and this is no doubt a victory of the people and belongs to the people. "All along after the elections was announced, I had mentioned what is in store and I also said why I have that confidence. Then, I said we believe in the people and people believe in us and that's why I said we will win more seats than the last time. And it has happened and it happened with the help of the people who beloved in our capabilities as they know, it is only the Left which can work for the welfare and also the development of the state." RANCHI: In a close contest, ruling party candidate Hafizul Hasan Ansari defeated BJP’s Ganga Narayan Singh by a margin of 5,292 votes in the Madhupur bye-election. The JMM candidate secured 1,10,783 votes while Singh got 1,05,491 votes at the end of the 24th and the final round of the counting. The counting witnessed fluctuation of fortunes for both the candidates as they exchanged the top position several times. The BJP candidate was in the lead for the first six rounds of the counting. Hafizul, who was trailing by over 3000 votes in the 21st round took a lead of over 2500 votes in the 22nd round.