CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 MAY 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR DIDI’S DAY Landslide win for TMC, could better 2016 tally BJP emerges as principal Opposition, fails to cross 3-figures Left-Congress draws a blank Mamata loses Nandigram to Suvendu in neck & neck fight WINNERS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SUVENDU ADHIKARI KOLKATA, 2 MAY BJP (Nandigram) 1,756 margin FIRHAD HAKIM TMC (Kolkata Port) 68,554 margin SOBHANDEB CHATTOPADHYAY TMC (Bhabanipur) 28,719 margin MUKUL ROY BJP (Krishnanagar Uttar) 35,089 margin LOSERS BABUL SUPRIYO BJP (Tollygunje) loses to AROOP BISWAS (TMC) GOUTAM DEB TMC (DabgramFulbari) loses to BJP's Sikha Chatterjee LOCKET CHATTERJEE BJP (Chunchura) loses to Asit Majumdar of TMC elying pollsters and resisting possibly the largest campaign ever launched against her, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was voted to power for a third time today as results of elections to the State Assembly showed her Trinamul Congress heading for a two-thirds majority. The Bharatiya Janata Party, whose leaders ironically had claimed not so long ago they would win as many seats as they ended up losing today, was relegated to a distant second place, but will be the main Opposition in the state as this election saw the eclipse of both the Congress and the Left parties. In an election that saw the conduct of the Election Commission come under sharp focus~ first, for the unprecedented eight-phase polling, then for failing to enforce Covid protocols and finally for the flip-flop at Nandigram~ and was marked by a great deal of acrimony, Miss Banerjee overcame reverses caused by defections of key partymen to show that her grip on a majority of the state’s voters has not loosened. The results also suggest the Trinamul Congress learnt from the reverses it suffered in the 2019 parliamentary election, and addressed some of the weaknesses that saw it concede ground two years ago. According to the Election Commission of India, the Trinamul Congress had won as many as 153 seats and was leading in 58 more, as of 10 p.m. on Sunday, while the BJP had won 47 and was leading in 32 for a total of 79. WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION B TOTAL 294 TMC 213 BJP 77 LEFT+ 1 OHT 1 TMC victory has saved not only Bengal, but also India: Mamata STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE But the joy of the landslide win was marred by conflicting reports of her loss by a narrow margin in Nandigram to former aide Suvendu Adhikari, and of a recount, neither of which were confirmed by the Election Commission. If the BJP managed to make its presence felt, emerging as the principal Opposition party, the actual results were a bitter let-down for the party, as Prime Minister Modi had staked his prestige in declaring his party was set to win over 200 seats after the first few phases of the unprecedented eight-phase election. Modi and Amit Shah campaigned extensively throughout the state spending almost every other day of a one-anda-half month long bruising campaign trying to breach STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Partly cloudy sky. Possibility of rain or thundershowers. Temperature likely to be in the range of 36-24 degrees Celsius. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/ GUWAHATI/CHENNAI, 2 MAY RAINFALL: 001.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY The BJP was set to return to power in Assam, while in Kerala, the Left Democratic Front broke a fourdecade-old trend in the state to secure a second term. In Tamil Nadu, after a gap of 10 years, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was on course to form the next government. In Puducherry, the AINRCled NDA headed toward power. With counting in progress for the Assembly elections held in March and April, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance appeared set to return to power in Dispur for second consecutive time, a record for a non- TEMPERATURE Mamata Banerjee during a Press meet at her Kalighat residence in SNS Kolkata on Sunday. the TMC’s Fortress Bengal. On the other hand, the political presence of the constituents of the Samyukta Morcha, namely the Left parties and the Congress, which have drawn a blank, has shrunk as never before. The results speak for themselves. Trinamul Congress has done exceedingly well in South 24-Parganas winning 30 seats out of 31. Trinamul lost its Bhangor seat to a ISF candidate. However, Trinamul Congress won all 11 Kolkata seats. The party did exceedingly well also in Malda, Murshidabad, North and South Dinajpur where except Murshidabad it fared badly in 2019 Lok Sabha poll. But the TMC has lost a considerable share of Matua votes in Ranaghat Parliamentary constituency of Nadia, where they voted for the BJP , like they did in 2019. However, in North 24-Parganas, the Trinamul has recovered and won 25 out if 33 seats. In North Bengal, BJP won handsomely in Jalpaiguri and Siliguri, with sitting minister Goutam Deb losing to his BJP rival in Debagram-Phulbari. As a political commentator pointed out, that it was a master stroke for Mamata Banerjee to contest from Nandigram which, despite her own loss there, helped TMC to gain all four seats in Jhargram and most of the seats in East and West Midnapore , Purulia, Bankura and East Burdens which it lost in 2019. In Birbhum too TMC got 10 seats out of 11. See also P3 KOLKATA, 2 MAY Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today congratulated the people of Bengal for the landslide victory of Trinamul Congress, asserting that her party’s win has saved not only West Bengal but also India. She also requested her party workers not to indulge in victory rallies, and promised that the party would organise a huge rally at Brigade Parade Ground once the Covid crisis is over. She said, “Our first priority is to conquer Covid and as we have won the election, I’m hopeful to win the battle against Covid with the people of Bengal. I will again write to Prime Minister about medicines and vaccines and if I don’t get them I will again TMC activists celebrate their win in Kolkata. BHASKAR MALLICK launch movement.” She said, “Since this is 2021, I’ve targeted 221. In a recent television interview, they asked me about BJP’s double engine government and I told them that my party will make double century." She said, “Election Commission is very rude to us. We have repeatedly told the election commission about how the BJP is looting votes in Nandigram. They have declared me a winner and now after an hour they are declaring something else. When the entire state is giving one verdict, why will Nandigram differ? We will move the court.” She said her party had to fight against all odds, all Central agencies, the Prime Minister, Union ministers, chief ministers from BJP-led states who were frequenting the state like daily commuters. “My junior party colleague coined two slogans Khela Hobe and Joy Bangla and the game was played successfully. I will distribute 50,000 footballs to all clubs,” she said. LDF to return in Kerala, BJP in Assam; DMK eyes comeback in TN WEATHER Max.89% 2021 Min. 41% Max: 35.8°C (+1) Min: 27.0°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:03 hrs 18:04 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 23:46 hrs 09:44 hrs Next moon quarter on 04 May THUMBNAILS During a partial lockdown due to surge in Covid cases. In Kolkata on Sunday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL Telangana minister dropped: TRS leader Eatala Rajender who held the health portfolio was dropped from the Telangana Cabinet after a preliminary inquiry report by district collector confirmed that the charges of land grabbing were true. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who advised the governor to drop the minister has already assumed the health portfolio as the state grapples with second wave of Covid 19. Mr Rajender was a minister without a portfolio for a day before the inquiry report was submitted. Final troops pullout from Afghanistan begins: The final phase of ending America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last US and NATO troops planned by the end of summer. President Joe Biden had set 1 May as the official start of the withdrawal of the remaining forces about 2,500-3,500 US troops P9 and about 7,000 NATO soldiers. Congress party in the state. The alliance may be successful in sending over 70 representatives to the 126 member-Assembly in the final outcome as the counting of votes, started at 8 a.m. on Sunday, continues. The BJP’s allies, namely Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) may win in 15 seats together, whereas the Opposition Congress-led grand alliance comprising All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist), Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) etc is understood to be limited to 55 seats. Incumbent State chief minister and ASSAM TAMIL NADU KERALA PUDUCHERRY Incumbent Assam CM Sonowal won the Majuli seat LDF breaks 4-decade old trend to secure 2nd term DMK led by MK Stalin set to form govt in Tamil Nadu senior BJP leader Sarbananda Sonowal has won the Majuli Assembly constituency, whereas powerful minister Himanta Biswa Sarma emerged successful in Jalukbari seat. Jailed RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who leads Raijor Dol, won in Sibsagar constituency. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is all set to form the next government in Tamil Nadu leading in almost 148 seats of the 234 Assembly segments in the state when the reports last came in. The ruling AIADMK combine, which includes BJP was leading only in 81 seats. DMK president MK Stalin, chief minister E K Palaniswami, Stalin’s son and DMK youth leader Udhayanithi Stalin, veteran DMK leader Durai Murugan are some of the prominent leaders who won their battles. Meanwhile, MNM leader Kamal Haasan was leading in the Coimbatore South constituency. Single-phase polling was held on 6 April for 234 seats to elect the 16th Tamil Nadu Assembly, besides a by-poll to Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat. Any party needs to win 118 seats to form a government. In Kerala, breaking the state’s four-decade-old trend of alternating between the CPI-M-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF, the LDF has secured a second term in the state. The CPI-M led alliance has won 99 seats of the 140 Assembly seats. It has repeated its triumph in the 2006 Assembly elections when it had won 99 seats. In the outgoing Assembly, the LDF has 91 seats. The Opposition Congressheaded UDF has secured 41 segments. The BJP, which had opened its account in the state last time with one seat and had expected to win at least half a dozen seats, drew a blank this time. Mr Vijayan, Opposition leaders Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oomen Chandy have won their respective constituencies. (See P5) ‘Lives at risk, major tragedy may occur’: Record 3,689 daily Covid deaths Delhi hospitals send oxygen shortage SOS in India; Modi reviews situation PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 MAY Battling an acute shortage of oxygen, some hospitals in Delhi on Sunday sent out desperate SOS calls to authorities to replenish their dwindling stocks, with one healthcare facility even “crying out” to the government to shift out its patients. Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Malviya Nagar on Sunday sounded an alarm about their depleting stocks around noon, saying 50 people, including four newborns, were “at risk”. An official of the hospital said in the afternoon there A family member of a Covid patient waits to fill empty oxygen cylinders. In New Delhi on Sunday. AGENCIES are around 80 patients, including those suffering from Covid-19, at the hospital. The hospital does not have a liquid oxygen storage tank and depends on oxygen cylinders from a private vendor. “It has become a daily fire-fight in the absence of a continuous supply. We require around 125 oxygen cylinders a day,” he said. The hospital said it received 20 oxygen cylinders around 1:30 pm with the help of government authorities. Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka appealed to government authorities to shift patients to other facilities so that they can be saved. “CRY FOR HELP: Received only 5 #oxygen cylinders after running around the entire day, not more than 60 mins left to CMYK save lives of more than 250 patients,” a tweet was postfrom the hospital’s handle. Dr Deepali Gupta from Triton Hospital in Kalkaji said they have been struggling to arrange oxygen for their neonatal intensive care unit. Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research also took to social media seeking help from authorities. “45 COVID patients admitted. Need liquid oxygen supply by 5 PM. Help!! it tweeted. On Saturday, 12 Covid18 patients and a senior doctor, had died at south Delhi’s Batra Hospital after the facility ran out of medical oxygen for around 80 minutes in the afternoon. NEW DELHI, 2 MAY A record 3,689 daily Covid19 fatalities pushed India’s death toll to 2,15,542, while the infection count reached to 1,95,57,457 with 3,92,488 more people being confirmed positive for the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed various measures to augment human resources for effective management of the Covid situation and possible steps discussed include incentivising students and pass-outs of medical and nursing courses to join the pandemic duty, sources said. The final details are likely to be announced on Monday, they added. Meanwhile, Haryana and Odisha joined several other states that have been forced to reimpose lockdown or similar curbs in a desperate bid to check the surge amid a grievous shortage of hospital beds, medicines and oxygen for patients. Bengal cases: Bengal registered 17,515 fresh Covid cases and 92 deaths today. Kolkata recorded 3,935 cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid case count is 8,63,393 and death toll is 11,539 in the state till now while there are 1,18,495 active cases. 1,95,57,457 33,49,644 3,92,488 3,07,865 2,15,542 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 02 MAY 2021
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