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From June Malia to Raj Chakroborty -- here's how Tollywood celebrities from TMC fared in West Bengal elections 2021

From June Malia to Raj Chakroborty -- here's how Tollywood celebrities from TMC fared in West Bengal elections 2021
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is set to secure its victory in West Bengal elections for the third consecutive time. As of 7 pm, the All India Trinamool Congress has bagged 208 out of the 292 seats in the state.

And this time around there was also a lot of chatter around the superstars and cricketers who had got a ticket from TMC. Hoping to get votes from the movie lovers and sports aficionados in West Bengal – the land of legends like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Soumitra Chatterjee – a few superstars (of past and present) had entered the political arena.

Banerjee (more affectionately called as Didi) has played this card earlier, too. From Dev to Soham Chakraborty to Mimi and Nusrat Jahan, Bengal’s Didi has used celebrities to garner votes, both during the assembly as well as the general elections.

Here’s a look at Mamata Banerjee’s ensemble cast and how they fared in West Bengal assembly elections.

June Malia

June Malia
BCCL

The tollywood actress from TMC who contested from Medinipur constituency secured 52.13% votes. She stood against BJP candidate Samit Kumar who secured 40.49% votes and replaced a sitting member of the legislative assembly (MLA) from TMC -- Mrigendra Nath Maiti.

The actor who has starred in movies like Meri Pyaari Bindu, Har Har Byomkesh and shows like Sanjher Baati is elated with her nomination. "I took my time to get into politics. The jump is a high one but I have waited. I never make whimsical decisions, be it politics or film scripts," the actor said in a recent interview.

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Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary
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Former Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwary who joined TMC party this year is leading from the Shibpur constituency in Howrah. Tiwary stood up against former Howrah mayor Rathindranath Chakraborty, who joined the BJP from TMC.

The cricketer who has played for India as well as in Indian Premier League (IPL) teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants, has also represented the state of Bengal in the game.

“BJP is playing divisive politics and Mamata Banerjee is trying to unite people together. When I play cricket, I play for the country, not on the basis of religion,” the former skipper said after joining TMC.

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Saayoni Ghosh

Saayoni Ghosh
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Singer and TMC candidate Saayani who stood from Asansol Dakshin is trailing behind the BJP candidate Agnimitra Paul by 667 votes.

Ghosh -- who has starred in movies like Ekla Cholo, Rajkahini -- made headlines in January this year, when former BJP’s state wing president Tathagata Roy had filed a FIR against her for hurting Hindu sentiments.

“I have always raised (my) voice against injustice from outside. Now, I will be doing that as a part of the system. People of Asansol love us (celebrities), and I am very excited to visit Asansol and start interacting with people there. I will work as Mamata Banerjee’s soldier and will spread her messages all across the state,” she said recently.

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Sayantika Banerjee

Sayantika Banerjee
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Tollywood star and TMC candidate Sayantika Banerjee is leading from Bankura constituency. She is competing against BJP’s Niladri Sekhar Dana and INC’s Radha Rani Banerjee.

"I have been working with Didi for a long time. Recently, I officially joined the party and accepted the challenge which she has given me to contest from Bankura. I have my plan ready to understand the core issues of the area and I believe that the people in Bankura will consider me as their own daughter. I don't believe in talking too much. I am a workaholic and I will continue to work for the people," said Banerjee after her nomination.

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Raj Chakraborty

Raj Chakraborty
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Tollywood actor, director and producer who is contesting from Barrackpore constituency is leading the table by 2016 votes. He stood against BJP’s Dr. Candramani Shukla and CPI(M)’s Debasish Bhowmick.

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Kanchan Mullick

Kanchan Mullick
BCCL

The Janta Express actor, another star in TMC’s list of candidates leading from Uttarpara constituency successfully secured 41.71% votes. The actor stood against Prabir Ghoshal from BJP and Rajat Banerjee from CPI(M).

The 50-year old newbie in politics will be up against two-time Uttarpara MLA Prabir Ghoshal, who recently joined BJP from TMC. The actor has already begun making promises, to the electorate, during his campaign and recently said that he would propose to upgrade the Uttarpara general hospital into a superspeciality one.

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