Kolkata: As the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine heads for a landslide win in West Bengal on Friday, most of the Left stalwarts lost their seats as angry voters punished leaders of the world's longest ruling elected Communist government for non-performance.
After seven straight victories, the Left Front government in West Bengal on Friday came crumbling down, unable to withstand the 'paribartan' (wave for change) of the Trinamool Congress.
Chief Minister and spearhead of the Left Front, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost from his stronghold Jadavpur coinstituency to Manish Gupta of the All India Trinamool Congress by over 16000 votes. He tendered his resignation earlier in the day.
In a major upset for the Left, Bratya Basu of the All India Trinamool Congress defeated housing minister and the star campaigner for the Left Gautam Deb by a margin of 31497 in the Dum Dum constituency. ...more
11:47 AM, May 13, 2011