New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is likely to retain power in West Bengal for the third consecutive term but with a slightly reduced majority, an opinion poll conducted by Times Now-C-Voter said.
As per the projections, the state’s ruling party is expected to win around 146 to 162 seats in the 294-member Assembly, down from the 211 seats it had won in the 2016 Assembly polls.
Elections to the 294-member Assembly seats in the state will be held in eight phases, from March 27 to April 29.
BJP may take record leap
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that had bagged just three seats in the last Assembly elections in the state is projected to be the prime challenger to the TMC. The saffron party is expected to grow in terms of the number of seats and vote percentage in the eastern state with opinion poll predicting a seat share between 99 to 115 seats for the saffron party.
The numbers if true, could prove to be a shot in the arm for the opposition party in the state. The BJP that had a limited presence in the state for decades made its presence felt in the 2019 general elections and emerged as the ruling TMC’s main challenger after winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state only four less than the ruling party’s tally of 22.
Cong-led alliance may emerge as smaller political force
The Congress-led alliance is likely to become smaller political force in the state as it is expected to bag 29 to 37 seats, a reduction of 43 seats from 2016, as per the survey. The party is contesting the West Bengal polls in alliance with the Left parties and the Indian Secular Front (ISF), and is set to contest 92 seats in the 294-member Assembly.
In the 294-member West Bengal Assembly, the magic figure is 148.
The opinion poll has also projected that there will be not much difference between TMC and BJP in terms of vote share. While the ruling party will get around 42.2 per cent votes, a fall of just two per cent compared to 2016, the opposition party would get around 37.5 per cent share, much higher than the 10.2 per cent it got in the last state polls.
The Left-Congress alliance is expected to get around 14.8 per cent vote share, a massive drop of over 23 per cent compared to 2016.
Courtesy – TimesNowNews