West Bengal Lok Sabha Election 2024: BJP makes gains as counting begins

West Bengal’s Lok Sabha Election 2024 witnesses a clash between AITC and BJP as counting begins for 42 seats. Exit polls project significant gains for the BJP, hinting at a potential shift in the state’s political dynamics.

As the curtains rise on the West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Results 2024, the political landscape brims with anticipation. With counting underway for 42 seats, the state witnesses a clash between major contenders: the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) led by Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Sukanta Majumdar’s leadership.

The election, spanning all seven phases from April 19 to June 1, places West Bengal in the spotlight alongside Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, marking a crucial battleground in the nation’s electoral narrative.

The exit polls have foretold a tale of potential upheaval, with significant gains predicted for the BJP. Matrize and Jan Ki Baat exit polls project 21-25 and 21-26 seats respectively for the BJP, signalling a seismic shift in the state’s political dynamics. In contrast, the ruling Trinamool Congress, reeling from setbacks in 2019, faces the prospect of further erosion in its electoral stronghold.

The electoral journey, however, has not been without its share of challenges. Continuing the history of violence that has marred West Bengal’s elections, instances of inter-party clashes have been reported.

Reflecting on the 2019 election results, the Trinamool Congress emerged victorious with 22 Lok Sabha seats and a vote share of 43.7%. However, the BJP made significant inroads, securing 18 seats with a vote share of 40.6%. The Indian National Congress, trailing behind, clinched victory on only two seats with a modest 5.7% vote share. Notably, the election witnessed a notable shift in vote share from the left, predominantly the Communist Party of India-Marxist, towards the BJP.