Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday expressed confidence that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will form a government in West Bengal with more than 200 seats after the first phase of elections to the State assembly which took place in West Bengal and Assam on Saturday.
Speaking at a press briefing in New Delhi today, Shah said: “I want to thank the people of both states for voting for us. The voter turnout shows the enthusiasm of the people.”
He also added: “Yesterday, after many years, the ballot was held without incident of violence in West Bengal. I would like to thank the women of West Bengal for polling in favor of the BJP. The BJP will form the government of the West Bengal with over 200 seats. “
“After discussions with the stand-level workers and party leaders, I can say that out of 30 seats in West Bengal, we will gain over 26 seats. We have clear indications that the BJP will gain over 37 seats out of 47. seats in Assam, ”the BJP expressed.
He also thanked the Election Commission for conducting peaceful polls in “violence-prone West Bengal”.
“I want to appeal to the people of Nandigram, from where CM Mamata Banerjee is running to vote, to vote for change in West Bengal,” he said.
A turnout of 84.13% was recorded in West Bengal and 72.14% in Assam until 5 p.m. Saturday in the first phase of parliamentary elections in those states, the Election Commission said.
Voting took place in 30 assembly constituencies in West Bengal and 47 seats in Assam during this phase, with a total of 21,825 polling stations.
During the ballot, 10,288 polling units (BU), control units (UC) and VVPAT were used in West Bengal and 11,537 each of BU, CU and 37 VVPAT were used in Assam. A control unit, on VVPAT and at least one voting unit do an EVM.