As TMC takes lead in Bengal, BJP says early trends not real indicator of election outcome

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Treading with caution even as early trends showed the ruling TMC ahead in West Bengal, the BJP said on Sunday that the party would cross the magic mark by the evening while adding that trends don’t decide an election.

Speaking to India Today TV, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya exuded confidence that the BJP will form the next government in West Bengal.

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On initial trends in Bengal, which showed that the ruling TMC leading in 101 of the 156 seats, Kailash Vijayvargiya said the initial trends from postal ballots are not the real indicator of the final outcome. Bengal Election Results LIVE

“We will cross the magic figure by evening. I am sure that we will form the next government in Bengal,” Kailash Vijayvargiya said.

The BJP, which had managed to secure three seats in the last assembly election in Bengal, is making good progress, Kailash Vijayvargiya added.

“We started from three and have reached 100. I believe that we will reach the magic number by evening. It would be too soon to say anything,” Kailash Vijayvargiya said.

“The TMC goons had terrorised voters who used the postal ballot option… We had a feeling that our party will not do well in postal ballots. However, the BJP is making good progress,” Kailash Vijayvargiya added.

BJP national-general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, however, told India Today that he was surprised to see Babul Supriyo trailing.

“I am surprised that Babul Supriyo is trailing from Tollygunge seat…can’t say anything for now…I’m sure that will cross the magic number by the evening,” Kailash Vijayvargiya said.

BJP’s Dilip Ghosh, president of the West Bengal unit of the party, also remained cautious.

On being asked who will take the responsibility if the party loses in Bengal, Dilip Ghosh said, “Being the party chief, I will take the responsibility in case we lose.”

Counting of votes began in Bengal at 8 am on Sunday.

The ruling TMC was ahead of the BJP as trends poured in for counting of votes on Sunday in the high-stakes assembly election. The two parties were locked in a neck-and-neck contest in the initial stages of counting.

Exit polls had predicted a tight contest between the incumbent Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress and the BJP in Bengal.

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