By bappaditya paul
The 2014 Lok Sabha poll results have thrown up surprises that many will find difficult to digest for a longtime!
Congress leader Somen Mitra, who has all along been known for his organisational capabilities, has failed to save the security deposit in this election. Mr Mitra contested this election on a Congress ticket from Kolkata North Parliamentary constituency.
In 2009, he had become an MP from Diamond Harbour as a Trinamul Congress nominee; but quit both from the Trinamul and the Lok Sabha in January this year following differences with Mamata Banerjee.
The one-time Pradesh Congress president has, this time, fetched 130,783 votes, whereas he should have got 157,779 votes if he were to save the security deposit. The shortfall is 27,065. To save the security deposit, a contestant must secure 1/6 of the total valid votes; None Of The Above (NOTA)votes are not calculated for the purpose. In Kolkata North, the total number of valid votes was 946,675.
What is more surprising, of the seven Assembly segments that make up for the Kolkata North Parliamentary seat, Mr Mitra has polled less than 1/6 votes in a majority four Assembly segments.
In Jorasankho Assembly seat, he has fetched 1,744 votes less than the threshold, in Shyampukur the shortfall is 14,414, in Maniktala 19,522 and in Kashipur-Belgachhia the shortfall is 9,760.
Chowringhee is the only Assembly segment where Mr Mitra was in lead with 35,988 votes; Trinamul Congress’ Sudip Bandhopadhaya has polled 34,440 votes here and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rahul Sinha 29,503.
The two other segments where he has managed to save the deposit are Entally (24,085 votes) and Beleghata (24,001 votes).
(The author is on the staff of The Statesman, India. This report first appeared in The Statesman on 20 May 2014).