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Loss in West Bengal deals blow to expansion plans of Modi's BJP

Supporters of the Trinamool Congress party celebrating its lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly election during the counting process in Kolkata yesterday.
Supporters of the Trinamool Congress party celebrating its lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly election during the counting process in Kolkata yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday lost a key election in West Bengal state, after banking on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a high-decibel campaign as a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to wreak havoc.

The BJP had won or was leading in just 75 of the 292 seats in the West Bengal assembly. The Trinamool Congress led by incumbent West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had won or was leading in 216 seats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2021, with the headline Loss in West Bengal deals blow to expansion plans of Modi's BJP. Subscribe