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A supporter of the Chief Minister of West Bengal state and the Chief of Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee, carrying a face defend along with her picture on it, gestures throughout celebrations after the preliminary ballot outcomes, amid the unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Kolkata, India, Might 2, 2021. — Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

KOLKATA: The incumbent chief minister’s occasion in India’s West Bengal state has defeated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s occasion in a state election held because the coronavirus pandemic surged to disaster ranges.

Modi has been criticised for specializing in the elections as an alternative of constructing the pandemic his prime precedence.

Some skilled blame the federal election fee for permitting rallies and voting through which giant crowds flouted guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing.

Mamata Banerjee, 66, is ready to be the chief of West Bengal for the third time after her Trinamool Congress occasion (TMC) gained a two-thirds majority, taking greater than 200 seats within the 294-seat state meeting, election fee officers mentioned. Remaining counting for some seats was nonetheless underway.

Banerjee is now India’s solely lady chief minister.

Regardless of the defeat, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) made substantial positive aspects, making it the primary opposition occasion as its tally within the state legislature went to almost 80 seats from simply three seats gained in 2016.

Modi, his colleagues and regional politicians campaigned aggressively in 5 state elections regardless of the pandemic. The outcomes are seen as a take a look at of the affect the pandemic’s second wave is having on help for him and his right-wing BJP.

Banerjee, a pointy critic of Modi, largely performed a one-woman marketing campaign to retain energy by main scores of public rallies.

“It is a stupendous performance by Mamata Banerjee because Modi was determined to win Bengal, but it’s clear that his entire political machinery and strategy was unable to defeat her,” mentioned Diptendu Bhaskar, a political analyst in Kolkata, West Bengal’s capital.

In Assam state, the BJP managed to retain political energy. In Tamil Nadu, the DMK — the primary regional opposition occasion — secured victory

In Kerala state, the ruling lefist political occasion was set to kind authorities whereas the BJP led-alliance gained no seats. Within the union territory of Puducherry, the All India NR Congress-led alliance was main in 14 of the 30 seats meeting.

A lot of the votes have been solid in March, however polling in some constituencies continued by April, simply as India began to detect 1000’s of latest coronavirus infections on a regular basis.

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