After registering a thumping victory against the BJP, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will take oath as West Bengal’s chief minister for the third time in a row on May 5. The firebrand leader will be meeting West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at 7 pm and stake claim to form the government.
Following the counting of votes that was completed on Monday, the final figures have come to the fore. While the Trinamool Congress won 213 seats out of the 292 seats for which elections were held, the BJP managed to win 77 seats—much less than what Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah had been claiming during the poll rallies.
An Independent candidate too won the election and a candidate fielded by the Rashtriya Secular Majlis Party also achieved victory. Interestingly, despite the best efforts of the BJP to clinch power from Mamata Banerjee in the state, the voting percentage of the party improved as compared to the last Assembly election.
Mamata Banerjee lost Nandigram
Mamata Banerjee lost the Nandigram seat to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari by 1,736 votes in a neck-to-neck contest that continued since the counting of votes began. While Suvendu Adhikari got 1,09,673 votes, Mamata Banerjee got 1,07,937 votes.
Following the victory, Suvendu tweeted, “My sincere thanks to the great People of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings, and support, and for choosing me as their representative and the MLA from #Nandigram. It is my never-ending commitment to be of service to them and working for their welfare. I am truly grateful!”
Meanwhile, Mamata on Monday claimed that the election officer who was overseeing the counting of votes in the constituency was threatened.
Mamata said, “I received an SMS from someone wherein Returning Officer of Nandigram has written to someone if he allows recounting then his life would be under threat. I can’t order recounting. My family will be in ruin. I have a little daughter.”
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