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June 8, 2000
Trinamul wins Panskura seat
Rifat Jawaid in Calcuttta
The ruling left front in West Bengal received a major jolt after its candidate, Gurudas Dasgupta, lost the Panskura Lok Sabha bye-election to Vikram Sarkar of Trinamul Congress by 41,000 votes.
The bye-election was held after the death of sitting left front Member of Parliament, Geeta Mukherjee.
The result has surprised many as only two weeks ago the Trinamul Congress was routed in local municipal and zilla elections.
One of the sitting Congress MLAs had openly supported Sarkar.
Dasgupta had complained to the election commission that the polls were rigged. But the Election Commission's central observers, after a review, stated that the polls were free and fair.
A Lok Sabha member from Howrah in 1998, Sarkar was denied a ticket in 1999.
The Trinamul Congress now has nine members in the Lok Sabha.
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