Buddhadeb loses from Jadavpore

Indo Asian News Service

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) Outgoing West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost to Trinamool Congress nominee Manish Gupta by 16,684 votes from Jadavpore constituency.

Gupta polled 103,972 votes, compared to Bhattacharjee's 87,288.

Bhattacharjee has been winning from Jadavpore since 1987. This is the first time the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has lost Jadavpore since the seat was carved out in 1967.

This is not the first time that Bhattacharjee has lost in the assembly polls.

In 1982, he lost his Cossipore seat, from where he had won in 1977.

Bhattacharjee started contesting from Jadavpore from 1987 and since then, has won the seat five times consecutively with huge margins.

He is the second West Bengal chief minister to lose an election from his own constituency, after Prafulla Sen in 1967.

Manish Gupta is a former West Bengal chief secretary who retired in 2001, a few months after Bhattacharjee took over as the chief minister from Jyoti Basu.

Gupta has a worked under three chief ministers - Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Basu and Bhattacharjee.