West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, 1996

Legislative Assembly elections were held in the Indian state of West Bengal in 1996.

West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, 1996
India
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All 294 seats in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
  Jyoti Basu - Calcutta 1996-12-21 089 Cropped.png Mamata banerjee.jpg
Leader Jyoti Basu Mamata Banerjee
Party CPI(M) INC
Alliance LF Congress+
Leader's seat Satgachhia None
Seats won 203 82
Seat change n/a
Popular vote 17,629,142 11,229,396

Chief Minister before election

Jyoti Basu
Left Front (West Bengal)

Chief Minister

Jyoti Basu
Left Front (West Bengal)

The election took place simultaneously with the Indian general election, 1996. [1] [2]

Parties

Left Front

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had fielded 70 new candidates, but many of them failed to get elected. [3] The All India Forward Bloc had suffered a split before the election, with the emergence of the Forward Bloc (Socialist). [3]

The Left Front supported Janata Dal candidates in five constituencies.

Indian National Congress

In the Congress Party, there was confrontation between West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Soumen Mitra and Indian Youth Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. [4] Banerjee played an important role in rallying public support for the party. [4] [5]

The Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury contested the Nabagram seat from jail, being imprisoned on murder charges. [6] His speeches were recorded from prison and played at campaign meetings. [6]

The Indian National Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had entered into alliance. [7]

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