TMC’s Landslide Victory over BJP in West Bengal

Securing 216 seats out of a total of 294 the TMC has proved beyond doubt that despite all possible show of strength the BJP was defeated by a huge margin in the West Bengal Assembly elections.

“Bengal has saved India. This is a victory of democracy. They said they would win 200-plus seats but they have been badly defeated said the TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. “The BJP kept going on and on about double-engine sarkar, while I assured you all that I will score a double century. This is Bangla’s win… this is Bengal’s win… this is your win. This win has saved Bengal, it has saved the culture and tradition of Bengal, she asserted.

Her own possible defeat in Nandigram to Trinamool defector Suvendu Adhikari, who became the BJP’s top face in Bengal, was somewhat sobering, but Mamata Banerjee all but shrugged it off. “Don’t worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It’s ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don’t mind. We have won the elections in the state and the BJP has,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee emerged for the first time without her wheelchair – which became a constant in her campaign after she suffered a leg injury in Nandigram on March 10 – and said to celebrating party workers: “I appeal to you all to go home and take a shower, sanitise well and maintain social distance from others. Please do not crowd around and indulge in celebrations.”

With her state reporting a steady rise in Covid cases and deaths, Ms Banerjee said she would prioritise the fight against the pandemic.

“My first priority will be to work in the interest of the people – all who are affected by COVID-19. The priority of the government in Bengal will be to battle Covid,” she said.

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