Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress today surged ahead of its BJP rival in the Maheshtala Assembly seat in West Bengal by a margin of more than 28,000 votes after nine rounds of counting, EC sources said.
While TMC candidate Dulal Das secured 47293 votes, BJP nominee Sujit Ghosh bagged 18940 votes.
The Left Front candidate Prabhat Chowdhury, who is supported by the Congress, got 13964 votes.
A total of 21 rounds of counting will take place.
The bypoll was held following the death of Trinamool Congress MLA Kasturi Das. The TMC has fielded her husband Dulal Das.
The election was held on May 28.