Diamond Harbour election result: Mamata's nephew Abhishek Banerjee retains seat despite tough competition

Big names contesting: Abhishek Banerjee (Trinamool), Nilanjan Roy (BJP), Dr Fuad Halim (CPM) and Soumya Aich Roy (Congress)

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Abhishek Banerjee (TMC) leads by 2,53,000 votes from Diamond Harbour after Round 7

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and incumbent MP Abhishek Banerjee has retained his position here despite the tough challenge posed by BJP candidate Nilanjan Roy.

In 2014, Banerjee won the seat with a margin of over 71,000 vote and a vote share of 41 per cent. The then CPI-M candidate Abul Hasnat had secured nearly 35 per cent votes while the BJP nominee Abhijit Das got around 16 per cent of the popular mandate. The Congress came fourth. What may have worked for Banerjee is the 36 per cent Muslim electorate in his constituency, whose votes were expected to consolidate in favour of Trinamool.
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