Talking to Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami as reports of BJP MP Babul Supriyo leading in Asansol emerged on Thursday, Supriyo expressed his happiness on the favourable result calling it a victory for democracy.
"Democracy is winning. In all our meeting discussing Trinamool's exit polls failing has come true. We are leading by almost 36,000 votes after second and third round polling," said Supriyo.
When asked to rejoice the favourable results and speak freely, he said that West Bengal had ousted the Trinamool's efforts to capture polling booths with their votes.
"This is the voter's mandate not Trinamool's calculation as to how many booths can be captured by feeding 'Nakul daana' (sweet). So I am happy. I am happy for everyone in Bengal where results are turning towards BJP," he added.
As per ECI reports, Babul Supriyo is leading in Asansol with a huge margin by garnering 106312 votes, while his Trinamool rival Moon Moon Sen has garnered only 56942 votes as of 11 AM.
The key contenders for this seat have been BJP’s Babul Supriyo, Trinamool’s Moon Moon Sen, CPI-M’s Gouranga Chatterjee, and Congress’ Biswarup Mondal.
Asansol, which went to polls in the fourth phase of the elections on April 29, also saw huge clashes between Trinamool and BJP, damage to Supriyo’s vehicle, lathi charge by the police forces on the polling day, with the rival parties levying allegations against each other for the violence.
Historically a stronghold for the Communist Party, Asansol was won by Babul Supriyo in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, by defeating Trinamool’s Dola Sen by a margin of 70 thousand votes. Internal rift between the Trinamool (then Trinamool Congress) workers helped Babul win the Lok Sabha constituency and create history in Mamata’s turf. Asansol parliamentary constituency was apparently one of the two seats won by BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in West Bengal.
Counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha polls 2019 commenced at 8:00 AM to reveal the 542 Lok Sabha members elected India's lower parliamentary house. Watch live election coverage with Arnab Goswami and Team on republicworld.com/livetv