Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) The ruling Trinamool Congress appeared set to retain power with a two-third majority in West Bengal on Thursday, as its candidates led in 208 of the 294 constituencies.
The Left-Congress nominees were ahead in 74 constituencies.
Candidates of the BJP and its allies were leading in 10 places. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, one of the BJP’s allies, was ahead in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong.
The Trinamool wave appeared to be crushing all the opposition in the southern parts of the state while the Left-Congress challenge was most visible in northern Bengal.
Among the prominent Trinamool leaders on the road to victory was Finance Minister Amit Mitra from Khardaha.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra led from his constituency Narayangarh while Congress’ Manas Bhunia was ahead in Sabang.
Among celebrity candidates, Trinamool’s Laxmi Ratan Shukla (Howrah North) and Baishali Dalmiya (Bally) were in the lead.
Around 82.80 percent of the 6.55 crore electorate voted in the elections held from April 4 to May 5 to elect a 294-member assembly.