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West Bengal bypoll results wake up call for Cong, TMC

The Congress, Left Front and Trinamool Congress might have shared the honours of the crucial by-polls in three seats by winning one each, but the result seems to have served as a wake up call for both Congress and Trinamool.

While Congress lost two seats, ruling Trinamool failed a major popularity test since 2011 assembly polls by coming third in two segments.

With the Left Front managing to snatch away one seat, it became clear that the Front had benefited from the division of votes between Congress and Trinamool.

Though Congress managed to retain Rejinagar seat in Murshidabad district with Rabiul Alam Choudhury as its candidate, the party lost English Bazar in Murshidabad district to Trinamool’s Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury and Nalhati seat in Birbhum district to Left Front’s Dipak Chatterjee.

The by-poll result seems to have served a severe blow to the political aspirations of Congress, which had hoped to retain all the three seats. Same was in the case of Trinamool which had hoped to pass the by-poll test with a win in all the three seats after it broke alliance with Congress over FDI in multi-brand retail.

The bypolls, which was a test of popularity for all the three parties after the break up of Congress and Trinamool, seems to have sent out a message that both the parties need to stick together if they want to keep the Left Front at bay.
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