Kolkata, March 7: The political atmosphere in West Bengal has started to heat up as the assembly elections are drawing closer. The West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 will take place from March 27 to April 29 in eight phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 2, and by the evening, results will be declared. Ahead of the 2021 Vidhan Sabha polls in the state, let us look at the polling, alliances and results of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 1982. West Bengal Assembly Elections 2006: Ahead of Vidhan Sabha Polls 2021, All You Need To Know About Voting, Alliances and Results in the Poll-Bound State in 2006.
In 1982, Jyoti Basu was seeking the second term as the chief minister of West Bengal. The Left Front, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had gained three new members; the Communist Party of India (CPI), the West Bengal Socialist Party (WBSP) and the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP). In the 1982 elections, the Congress emerged as the main opposition party in the state. West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 Dates: Polling in 8 Phases Between March 27 and April 29, Results on May 2; Check Full Schedule Here.
The West Bengal Assembly Elections 1982 were held in May. The Congress (I) and the Congress (S) fought the 1982 West Bengal Vidhan Sabha polls in the alliance. Notably, Congress (S) or Congress (Secular) was formed through a split in the Indian National Congress. Initially, the party was known as the Indian National Congress (Urs). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contested the assembly elections for the first time. West Bengal Assembly Elections 1987: Ahead of Vidhan Sabha Polls 2021, A Look Back At The Polling, Alliances and Results of The Elections in 1987.
The Left front comprising CPIM, CPI, WBSP, DSP and other small parties managed to bag 238 seats out of 294. The CPI won 174 assembly seats. Meanwhile, the Congress (I), which fielded its candidates on 250 seats, managed to win only 49. Congress (S) also performed poorly and won only four seats out of 28 seats on which it fielded its candidates. The BJP contested on 52 seats. The saffron party failed to open its account. The Left Front-led by CPIM formed the government, with Basu becoming the CM for the second consecutive time. West Bengal Assembly Elections 1996: A Look Back at The Polling, Alliances and Results of The Previous Election Ahead of 2021 Polls.
If we talk about the 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal, the main competition is between the BJP and Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Banerjee is seeking to become the CM for the third consecutive. However, the BJP is posing a tough challenge for the TMC. In the recent past, around 50 TMC leaders had joined the BJP. The Left parties, including CPIM, are contesting the 2021 assembly polls in alliance with the Congress.
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