Kolkata: The BJP said that the citizens of the state have taken revenge through the vote machine. In the first reaction, BJP general secretary Raju Banerjee said that the anger that the people have against the TMC government have reflected in the vote. As per Banerjee, the BJP will get more than 23 seats in Bengal.
Banerjee believes that the people of the state have chosen the BJP to vote out TMC. He said that the people have votes for Narendra Modi and BJP. He added that the people took revenge of the bullets through the ballot and he hoped that the TMC understood that.
The crucial Lok Sabha election results will be announced today after a marathon seven-phased election. West Bengal is a crucial state as it sends 42 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha. The Mamata Banerjee-ruled state had a majority the 2014 elections with 34 wins for her party Trinamool Congress. Exit polls have predicted 14 seats for the BJP this time; only two from the party won last time. Mamata Banerjee, the firebrand leader of the state, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Narendra Modi government.
Bengal has been marred by violence since the beginning of the elections with Section 144 being imposed in Bhatpara on Tuesday. Bombs were flung; cars were set on fire in the North 24 Parganas district before the Election Commission imposed prohibitory orders.
Last week, a statue of Bengal reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised at BJP chief Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata. Trinamool and BJP blamed each other for the violence. A day later, the Election Commission invoked Article 324 of the Constitution to prohibit campaigning in nine constituencies of West Bengal from 10 pm on Thursday until the conclusion of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19.
Counting of votes is underway and the Election Commission has said the final results will be in only by late evening.
Reporting: Debamoy Ghosh