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distinction as a bastion of Leftism in the country; the Left Front of the CPI(M), RSP and Forward Bloc has bagged 23 seats out of a total of 42, not counting the victory of an Independent candidate with the CPI(M) support. In 1971 too, the Left in West Bengal had stemmed the so-called Indira wave when the CPI(M) had won 20 seats and the RSP and the PSP one each out of the total of 40. The Congress tally has been reduced from 13 in the previous House to only three in the present. The worst debacle, however, has been suffered by the CPI. In 1971, when it had joined the electoral battle independently, the party had collected nearly 1.4 million votes and won three seatsThis time, by entering the lists as a junior collaborator of the ruling Congress to fight in eight constituencies, the party got less than a million votes in aggregate, although the total number of valid votes cast was about 11 per cent higher than in 1971. AIl its candidates, including the three stalwarts, Hiren Mukherji, Ranen Sen and Indrajit Gupta, all members of the dissolved Lok Sabha, have suffered decisive defeats.

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