Modi party defeated in battleground Indian state

TMC supporters have been celebrating after being returned to power in West Bengal © EPA TMC supporters have been celebrating after being returned to power in West Bengal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party has lost its bid to take the key state of West Bengal in regional elections.

The BJP targeted West Bengal heavily during campaigning but it was comfortably held by the incumbent Mamata Banerjee, a fierce Modi critic.

The party held power in Assam but failed to make major gains elsewhere.

The vote has been closely watched for signs of a backlash against Mr Modi amid India's Covid crisis.

For 10 straight days, daily cases have topped 300,000. On Sunday, India set a new record for daily deaths, with 3,689 recorded. Hospitals are facing dire shortages of beds and medical oxygen, with many Indians resorting to desperate pleas on social media to secure help.

Campaign rallies and voting have been blamed for the surge in cases.

What happened in Bengal?

With almost all the results counted, the Trinamool Congress party (TMC) of Mamata Banerjee has more than 200 seats in the 294-seat assembly.


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Modi party defeated in battleground Indian state