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Kolkata: The Communists in Bengal ceased to be the ruler after the drubbing in 2011 Assembly elections to Trinamool.

This 2019 Lok Sabha polls, they have even lost the slot of an opposition party in the state quite loud and clear!

CPI-M and its allies, who ruled Bengal for 34 years until 2011, have not been able to open an account in the state in the Lok Sabha polls, the results of which have been declared today 23 May.

What’s more shocking! The Communists could not even come second in any of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. They have been reduced to a poor third and that again, not in all seats.

In the 2014 elections, fighting against the odds of a Modi wave and attacks by Trinamool on its offices and cadres across the state, CPI-M had managed to bag two seats. It had won Raiganj in north Bengal and Murshidabad in south Bengal.

But this election, they seemed to have lost the plot amidst allegations that CPI-M cadres at the grass root level backed the BJP to avenge the Trinamool of the tortures.

In Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat that falls partly in Kolkata and partly in South 24-Parganas district, CPI-M candidate noted lawyer and Kolkata’s former Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya has slipped to the third position.

Jadavpur is a seat which is considered a hub of politically conscious and intellectual voters. In this seat, film actress Mimi Chakraborty is leading by a huge margin over BJP’s Anupam Hazra, who had defected from Trinamool to BJP only in March.

In Raiganj, sitting MP and CPI-M Politburo member Md Salim has been pushed to the third slot. BJP is set to win the seat in a close contest with the Trinamool.

The division of anti-BJP votes between Congress, Trinamool, and CPI-M have helped the saffron party hugely in Raiganj.

As regards Murshidabad, the sitting MP Badruddza Khan could not come anywhere in the scene as Trinamool is all set to win the seat by defeating Congress.

Overall, the Left parties have secured a meagre 7.47 per cent votes in Bengal. Compared to this, BJP has fetched 40.2 per cent votes, Trinamool 43.3 per cent, and Congress 5.62 per cent votes.

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