The legislature has 294 seats. A party has to secure 148 seats to attain a majority.
In 2016, West Bengal elections
were held between April 4 and May 5, where the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC), under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, was re-elected in Vidhan Sabha.
ABOUT WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY
The West Bengal Legislative Assembly consists of 294 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), elected from single-seat constituencies, with five years term, unless dissolved. The current term will end on May 30, 2021.
Since May 2011, Biman Banerjee has been the Speaker of the Assembly.
ABOUT PREVIOUS WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
The previous election was held in six phases in 2016. The first phase was held in Maoist-affected areas on April 4 and April 11. The other phases were held on April 17, 21, 25, 30, and May 5.
The result was declared on May 19. TMC
won the election with 211 seats and also became the first ruling party to win without an ally since 1962 in West Bengal.
On March 5, TMC
released its candidate list the day elections
were announced. BJP
released its list of 52 candidates on March 10. Other parties, such as CPI(M), CPI, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), and All India Forward Bloc along with Indian National Congress released their respective candidate list in several rounds after consultations.
Since 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged as the principal challenger to the TMC
in the state as both the Congress and the Left fared poorly in civic as well as panchayat polls.
While TMC won 22 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP
managed to get 18, the Congress two, and the Left failed to have any.
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