Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit on Saturday won the Jangipur Lok Sabha seat defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival in a by-election by a thin margin of 2,536 votes, a sharp drop from the impressive over 1.28 lakh votes by which his father had won in 2009.
Abhijit, who fought the by-election on a Congress ticket after resigning as MLA, polled 3,32,919 votes, while CPI-M candidate Muzzaffar Hossain bagged 3,30,383 votes, Election Commission sources said.
The BJP candidate, Sudhangshu Biswas, who came third, received 85,867 votes. Two independent candidates Raisuddin and Tahedul Islam polled 41,620 and 24,691 votes respectively.
There was marked improvement in the BJP vote share. The party had polled 21,791 votes in the 2009 election.
"To some extent price rise and the FDI issue had an impact," Abhijit said reacting to the low margin of his win.
A lesser turnout of voters compared to the 2009 Lok Sabha election also contributed to the drop in the Congress' victory margin, he said. The electoral turnout was 60 per cent in this election as against 84.71 per cent in 2009.
Without naming any party, Abhijit said the votes of the BJP and a particular party had helped the CPI(M) candidate Muzaffar Hussain to notch up a big margin.
He said that he had informed his father about his win and his reaction was "good".
Trinamool Congress did not put up candidate in the by-poll even after severing ties with Congress.