CPI-M carries off the palm in the twin assembly bypolls held for Barjala and Khowai. Their Barjala candidate Jhumur Sarkar secures the first spot by scoring 15769 votes. Their Khowai candidate, Biswajit Bhattacharjee also bags the first spot by scoring 24810 votes. BJP notches up the second spot in Barjala by scoring 12395 votes. While, the Trinamool Congress notches up the second spot in Khowai by scoring 8710 votes. Congress has been relegated to the fourth position in both the constituencies by receiving a relatively paltry 1063 and 696 votes at Barjala and Khowai respectively.
CPI-(M) has also increased its tally in the Legislative Assembly from 50 to 51 by capturing Barjala.
CPI-(M) State Secretary, Bijan Dhar said, “The results reflect people’s faith reposed on the Left Front Government and developmental works carried out by it as well.”
‘The BJP at the Centre is following such policies which are detrimental to the interests of the people of our country. The Left Front would continue its struggle against such anti-people policies,’ added Dhar.
Commenting on BJP’s performance, State President, Biplab Deb said, ‘The results in Barjala reflect people’s faith on BJP and the development agenda carried out by Narendra Modi. Our organisation in Khowai was fragile. That’s why, we could not win there. But we’ll now try our level best to reach out to the voters of Khowai.’
He also trained guns on the Trinamool Congress saying, ‘They are responsible for the division of votes which facilitated CPI-(M)’s victory. Otherwise, we would have easily emerged with flying colours.’
Shilajit Kar Bhowmik