Just months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made massive inroads into West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday won all three seats in recently held by-polls to assembly constituencies.
Tapan Deb Sinha of the TMC won the Kaliaganj seat by defeating his nearest rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar of the BJP by 2,304 votes, EC officials said.
TMC's Pradip Sarkar wrested Kharagpur Sadar seat from the BJP. He defeated Premchandra Jha of the saffron party by a comfortable margin of 20,788 votes.
TMC's Bimalendu Singha Roy won over his nearest rival Jay Prakash Majumdar of the BJP in the Karimpur Assembly seat.
Dedicating the party's victory to the people of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the BJP is getting paid back for its "arrogance" and for "insulting" the people of the state.
"We dedicate this victory to the people of Bengal. The BJP is getting paid back for its arrogance of power and for insulting the people of Bengal," she told a TV channel.
The CPI(M) and the Congress, instead of trying to strengthen themselves, are helping the BJP in West Bengal, Banerjee said.
(With inputs from PTI)