Bengal post-poll violence: CBI registers one more case, arrests 3
As per the August 19 order of the High Court, the probe agency has taken over the investigation of the case related to the alleged murder of Biswajit Mahesh. This case was earlier registered at Sabang police station in Paschim Medinipur on May 5. On the night of May 4, Mahesh was allegedly attacked by the accused with an iron rod and sword. The victim has been found in a pond and was taken to Sabang Hospital where he was declared dead.
Controversy erupts over Mamata's oath taking ceremony
On October 1, the Speaker wrote to the Governor asking him to come to the Assembly for the oath taking ceremony of the newly-elected members of the House. The Speaker, who generally conducts the oath taking of the members of the Assembly, had to write to the Governor because Dhankhar had withdrawn Biman Banerjee's power to administer the oath of office to the members of the state legislature in the middle of September.
Trinamool, BJD convincingly win Assembly seats
The Trinamool won Bhabanipur, Jangipur and Samserganj assembly constituencies, and the BJD has won Pipili. Banerjee has defeated her nearest rival Priyanka Tibrewal of BJP by a record margin of 58,832 votes from Bhabanipur. Earlier, Banerjee had won from Bhabanipur by a margin of 54,213 votes in 2011.
Mamata wins crucial bypoll, Trinamool sweeps other two seats too
After 21 rounds of counting, Banerjee secured 85,263 of the total 118,580 votes, securing more than 71 per cent while Tibrewal secured 26,428 votes, little more than 22 per cent. CPI-M's Shreejib Biwas managed to get only 4,226 votes. For Banerjee, it was a do or die battle to retain her position as the Chief Minister because she had lost to the BJP's Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram in the Assembly election earlier this year.
Congress at zero in West Bengal as Mamata wins big
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee secured 84,709 votes, decisively defeating BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal who secured 26,350 votes in the make or break Bhabanipur bypoll, while CPI-M's Shreejib Biwas managed to get only 4,201 votes. In Jangipur and Samserganj too, the Trinamool have maintained decisive leads.
Outcome of Bengal by-polls not in line with our expectation: BJP
Sukanta Majumdar, the Bengal unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said: "We need to understand that a large number of people couldn't come to vote or they were not allowed to come to vote. But one thing we should keep in mind that the chief minister Mamata Banerjee thought that she would wipe out BJP from Bhabanipur but that has not happened."
Mamata secures CM's post, wins with a record margin
After 21 rounds of counting, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee secured 84,709 of the total 1,17,875 votes, securing more than 71 per cent of the total votes polled while Tibrewal secured 26,350 votes, little more than 22 per cent of the votes. CPI(M) candidate Shreejib Biwas managed to get only 4,201 votes.