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Kolkata: BJP has lost over nine per cent vote share in the by-poll of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Ward 82 as compared to what it had bagged here in the 2015 KMC polls.

By-poll in Ward 82 was conducted on 6 January after sitting Trinamool councillor, Pranab Biswas, stepped down to pave way for the election of Firhad Hakim, who was anointed Kolkata Mayor in December despite not being a councillor.

Going by an amendment carried out by the state government to KMC Act, 1980, a non-councillor Mayor has to get elected within six months of assuming the chair.

The result of the 6 January by-poll was announced by the Bengal State Election Commission today. Trinamool’s candidate Hakim has won as expected but with a bigger margin than before.

Hakim has polled 76.82 per cent votes, BJP’s Jiban Kumar Sen 11.95 per cent, CPI’s Sisir Kumar Dutta 8.04 per cent and, Congress’ Animesh Bhattacharya has polled only 2.49 per cent votes.

In the 2015 KMC election, Trinamool had bagged 54.81 per cent votes, followed by BJP 21.26 per cent, CPI-M 18.56 per cent and, Congress 3.02 per cent.

This implies that Trinamool has mopped up the 22 per cent additional votes at the cost of all the opposition parties. More significantly, notwithstanding media blitzkrieg about BJP’s growth in Bengal, the saffron party has actually lost 9.31 per cent vote share.

Although election experts maintain that it is a general trend that ruling party gets maximum votes in a by-poll, they said that the drop in BJP’s vote share could be an indication for the party’s ever declining popularity.

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