The 2019 Indian general election were held in India between April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made major inroads into the state by winning nearly half the seats, which has been termed a "paradigm shift" in the state's political narrative.
Surveys and Polls
|Date published||Polling agency||Lead|
|Jan 2019||Republic TV - C Voter||31.8%||9.6%||43.7%||14.4%||11.9%|
|Poll Type||Date published||Polling agency||Lead|
|Exit poll||ABP - Nielson||16||2||24||0||8|
|Times Now - VMR||11||2||28||1||17|
|Republic TV- Jan Ki Baat||11||2||29||0||18|
|India Today - AxisMyIndia||19-23||1||19-22||0||1|
|NewsX - CNX||14||2||26||0||8|
|News24 - Today's Chanakya||18||1||23||0||5|
|Opinion poll||06 Apr 2019||India TV - CNX||12||1||28||1||16|
|05 Apr 2019||Republic TV - Jan ki Baat||13||3||25||1||12|
|Mar 2019||ABP News- Nielsen||8||3||31||–||23|
|Jan 2019||Spick Media||8||4||30||0||22|
|Jan 2019||Republic TV - Cvoter||7||1||34||0||27|
|Nov 2018||Spick Media||5||4||32||1||27|
|Nov 2018||ABP News - C Voter||9||1||32||–||23|
On 12 March 2019, party president Mamata Banerjee announced the party candidates for the election.  41% of the candidates were women. Notable exclusions from the list were the party's general secretary Subrata Bakshi and Sugata Bose. Bose did not get permission from Harvard University, where he is a professor, to contest the election. Notable inclusions were Bengali actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan.
Indian National Congress
Bharatiya Janata Party
|Leader||Mamata Banerjee||Dilip Ghosh||Somen Mitra||Surya Kanta Mishra|
|Votes||43.69%, 2,47,57,345||40.64%, 2,30,28,517||5.67%, 32,10,491||6.34%, 35,94,283|
|Seats||22 (52.38%)||18 (42.86%)||2 (4.76%)||0 (0.00%)|
22 / 42
18 / 42
2 / 42
0 / 42
|Name of Party||Vote Share %||Change %||Seats won||Change|
|All India Trinamool Congress||43.69%||3.48||22||12|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||40.64%||22.25||18||16|
|Indian National Congress||5.67%||4.09||2||2|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||6.34%||16.72||0||2|
There has been a major political shift from the left to the right in the 2019 general elections in West Bengal. The Statesman says, “Making an aggressive penetration in Bengal for the first time since its inception in 1980, BJP alone has dramatically increased its vote share close to 40 percent this time. Thus, it has virtually made the CPI-M into a mere marginalised political party and at the same time the saffron party set a strong challenge before the Trinamool Congress hardly two years ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in 2021 in the state.” This obviously is the most important impact of the general elections in the state visible in the voting pattern right across the state, irrespective of who won or lost a particular seat.
Assembly segments wise lead of Parties
|Party||Assembly segments||Position in Assembly (as of 2016 election)|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||122||3|
|Indian National Congress||9||44|
|All India Trinamool Congress||163||211|
|Communist Party of India (Marxist)||0||32|
TMC won 3 out of 3 assembly seats in the next assembly by-elections in November 2019. Even the seat of State BJP president Dilip Ghosh which fell vacant due to Dilip Ghosh's win in loksabha election,Kharagpur Sadar was won by TMC by a lead of 22000 votes. TMC was trailing in that seat by 158000 votes in 2019 general elections
|1||Cooch Behar||84.08||Nisith Pramanik||Bharatiya Janata Party||54,231|
|2||Alipurduars||83.79||John Barla||Bharatiya Janata Party||2,43,989|
|3||Jalpaiguri||86.51||Jayanta Kumar Roy||Bharatiya Janata party||1,84,004|
|4||Darjeeling||78.80||Raju Singh Bisht||Bharatiya Janata Party||4,13,443|
|5||Raiganj||79.82||Debasree Chaudhuri||Bharatiya Janata Party||60,574|
|6||Balurghat||83.69||Sukanta Majumder||Bharatiya Janata Party||33,293|
|7||Maldaha Uttar||80.39||Khagen Murmu||Bharatiya Janata Party||84,288|
|8||Maldaha Dakshin||81.24||Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury||Indian National Congress||8,222|
|9||Jangipur||80.72||Khalilur Rahman||All India Trinamool Congress||2,45,782|
|10||Baharampur||79.41||Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury||Indian National Congress||80,696|
|11||Murshidabad||84.29||Abu Taher Khan||All India Trinamool Congress||2,26,417|
|12||Krishnanagar||83.75||Mahua Moitra||All India Trinamool Congress||63,218|
|13||Ranaghat||84.26||Jagannath Sarkar||Bharatiya Janata Party||2,33,428|
|14||Bangaon||82.64||Shantanu Thakur||Bharatiya Janata Party||1,11,594|
|15||Barrackpur||76.91||Arjun Singh||Bharatiya Janata Party||14,857|
|16||Dum Dum||76.92||Saugata Roy||All India Trinamool Congress||53,002|
|17||Barasat||81.26||Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar||All India Trinamool Congress||1,09,983|
|18||Basirhat||85.43||Nusrat Jahan||All India Trinamool Congress||3,50,369|
|19||Jaynagar||82.29||Pratima Mondal||All India Trinamool Congress||3,16,775|
|20||Mathurapur||84.86||Choudhury Mohan Jatua||All India Trinamool Congress||2,03,974|
|21||Diamond Harbour||81.98||Abhishek Banerjee||All India Trinamool Congress||3,20,594|
|22||Jadavpur||79.11||Mimi Chakraborty||All India Trinamool Congress||2,95,239|
|23||Kolkata Dakshin||69.82||Mala Roy||All India Trinamool Congress||1,55,192|
|24||Kolkata Uttar||65.83||Sudip Bandyopadhyay||All India Trinamool Congress||1,27,095|
|25||Howrah||74.83||Prasun Banerjee||All India Trinamool Congress||1,03,695|
|26||Uluberia||81.18||Sajda Ahmed||All India Trinamool Congress||2,15,359|
|27||Serampore||78.54||Kalyan Banerjee||All India Trinamool Congress||98,536|
|28||Hooghly||82.57||Locket Chatterjee||Bharatiya Janata Party||73,362|
|29||Arambagh||83.44||Aparupa Poddar||All India Trinamool Congress||1,142|
|30||Tamluk||85.38||Dibyendu Adhikari||All India Trinamool Congress||1,90,165|
|31||Kanthi||85.83||Sisir Adhikari||All India Trinamool Congress||1,11,668|
|32||Ghatal||82.74||Deepak Adhikari (Dev)||All India Trinamool Congress||1,07,973|
|33||Jhargram||85.71||Kunar Hembram||Bharatiya Janata Party||11,767|
|34||Medinipur||84.24||Dilip Ghosh||Bharatiya Janata Party||88,952|
|35||Purulia||82.38||Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato||Bharatiya Janata Party||2,04,732|
|36||Bankura||83.25||Subhash Sarkar||Bharatiya Janata Party||1,74,333|
|37||Bishnupur||87.34||Saumitra Khan||Bharatiya Janata Party||78,047|
|38||Bardhaman Purba||84.78||Sunil Kumar Mondal||All India Trinamool Congress||89,311|
|39||Bardhaman-Durgapur||82.67||S. S. Ahluwalia||Bharatiya Janata Party||2,439|
|40||Asansol||76.62||Babul Supriyo||Bharatiya Janata Party||1,97,637|
|41||Bolpur||85.74||Asit Kumar Mal||All India Trinamool Congress||1,06,402|
|42||Birbhum||85.34||Shatabdi Roy||All India Trinamool Congress||88,924|
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