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Here’s how star power performed in West Bengal elections

Both the BJP and the TMC banked on star power to gain voters' confidence in the 2021 assembly elections in West Bengal. Here is a look at theatre and film personalities and cricketers who made their mark for their respective parties.

UPDATED: May 4, 2021 15:35 IST

As both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) banked on star power to gain voters’ confidence in the 2021 assembly elections in West Bengal, many in the saffron camp failed to touch a chord with the masses.

The biggest takeaway was that it was not merely star power, but the party as well that the voters were focussing on before making their choice at the ballot box.

Here is a look at theatre and film personalities and cricketers who made their mark for their respective parties:

THOSE WHO WON IN BENGAL

TRINAMOOL CONGRESS:
June Maliah

The former Bengali film actress, June Maliah recently entered politics and contested from the Medinipur Assembly constituency against BJP’s Samit Kumar. June Maliah secured 52.13 per cent votes while Samit Kumar secured 40.49 per cent votes.

From being seen in movies such as Har Har Byomkesh and Meri Pyari Bindu, the actress chose to take her time before donning the political hat.

Manoj Tiwary

The cricketer who stood against BJP leader Rathin Chakrabarty won against his opponent, a validation of TMC’s “Khela Hobe” slogan that went on to successfully break the ice with voters to combat BJP’s hard jibes against Mamata Banerjee and her party. Manoj Tiwary won 6,150 votes (50.69 per cent).

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Raj Chakraborty

Bengali actor and filmmaker Raj Chakraborty managed to wrestle out BJP candidate Chandramani Shukla in the saffron party’s bastion. Fighting from the Barrackpore constituency in the North 24 Parganas district, Raj won 46.47 per cent votes in Bengal Assembly polls.

Kanchan Mullick

The TMC candidate from Uttarpara constituency, Kanchan Mullick won by 41.71 per cent votes against BJP’s Prabir Ghoshal who won 28.96 per cent votes.

Aditi Munshi

Kirtan singer Aditi Munshi breezed past BJP’s heavyweight candidate Shamik Bhattacharya in Rajarhat Gopalpur constituency. The singer was no match for Bhattacharya in this TMC bastion as she won 87,650 votes against Shamik Bhattacharya’s 62,354 votes.

Chiranjeet Chakrabarti

Chiranjeet Chakrabarti won the Barasat Assembly constituency on a TMC ticket. Chiranjeet Chakrabarti was pitted against BJP’s Sankar Chatterjee. Chiranjeet Chakrabarti won 104,431 (46.27 per cent) votes against Sankar Chatterjee who bagged 80,648 votes.

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Indranil Sen

The singer was instrumental in TMC retaining the Chandannagar seat by securing 47.63 per cent vote share and defeating BJP’s Deepanjan Kumar Guha who bagged 33,702 votes (18.5 per cent).

Bratya Basu

Bengal Minister and theatre artist Bratya Basu proved to be on a winning streak yet again by securing the Dum Dum constituency. He won 87,999 votes against BJP’s Bimalshankar Nanda who secured 61,268 votes.

BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY:

Ashoke Dinda

Cricketer Ashoke Dinda who has represented domestic cricket for almost 15 years won from Moyna constituency by 1,200 votes on a BJP ticket. In a two-cornered fight, Dinda was pitted against TMC’s incumbent MLA Sangram Kumar Dolai.

THOSE WHO LOST IN BENGAL

TRINAMOOL CONGRESS:
Saayoni Ghosh

Singer and actress Saayoni Ghosh lost to BJP leader and fashion designer Agnimitra Paul from Asansol Dakshin constituency. Agnimitra Paul won by 1,800 votes.

Sayantika Banerjee

The actress and TMC’s Bankura constituency candidate Sayantika Banerjee lost to BJP’s Niladri Sekhar Dana by close to 2,059 votes. The actress’s star power failed to cut ice with the voters of Bankura who have seen star candidate Moon Moon Sen winning this Lok Sabha seat in 2014 on a TMC ticket.

Koushani Mukherjee

The actress was no match for BJP heavyweight candidate Mukul Roy in Krishnagar Uttar constituency. Mukul Roy won 109,357 votes and Koushani Mukherjee, contesting on a TMC ticket, won 74,268 votes.

BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY:

Babul Supriyo

Singer and Asansol Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo did not cut ice with voters in Tollygunge, which houses majority of studios where television series and movies are shot. The incumbent TMC MLA Aroop Biswas retained the seat for the TMC.

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Yash Dasgupta

Bengali film actor Yash Dasgupta failed to secure Chanditala seat for the BJP. TMC retained the seat. Swati Khandoker, the incumbent MLA stole the show for the TMC.

Parno Mitra

Bengali actress Parno Mitra lost the Baranagar seat to TMC’s Tapas Roy. While Tapas Roy won 53.42 per cent votes, Parno Mitra bagged only 31.49 per cent of votes.

Swapan Dasgupta

The Rajya Sabha nominated MP Swapan Dasgupta stepped down to contest from Tarakeshwar on a BJP ticket. However, he lost to Ramendu Sinharay who won 96,698 votes. Swapan Dasgupta had won 89,214 votes.

Locket Chatterjee

Hoogly Lok Sabha MP Locket Chatterjee failed to win the Chunchura assembly seat which falls within the same Lok Sabha constituency. She was defeated by Trinamool Congress’s Asit Mazumder.

Paayel Sarkar

Actress Paayel Sarkar failed to win against TMC’s candidate Ratna Chatterjee in Behala Purba constituency. Ratna won 110,968 votes, while Paayel won 73,540 votes.

Sourcehttps://www.indiatoday.in/elections/west-bengal-assembly-polls-2021/story/how-star-power-performed-west-bengal-polls-1798637-2021-05-04

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