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West Bengal election results: Left Front staring at rout

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-05-2014 Romita Datta

Kolkata: The Left Front, led by Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, was staring at a rout in West Bengal on Friday.

At 1.30pm, the Left front was leading the race for only one of the state’s 42 seats, despite the Left Front receiving about 30% of polled votes. With a vote share of around 39%, the Trinamool Congress was leading in 34 constituencies, Congress in five and the Bharatiya Janata Party in two.

This was the first four-cornered contest ever in West Bengal, and the BJP has managed to raise its vote share to an impressive 17%. The party is more or less sure of winning in both the constituencies in which it was leading: Darjeeling and Asansol.

In terms of vote share, the biggest loser was the Congress. Even so, because of its strong support base in some districts such as Murshidabad and Malda, it was eyeing victory in five seats.

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