Elections

Trinamool will review it’s performance, says Mamata

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on May 23, 2019 Published on May 23, 2019

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (file photo)

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will review its performance in the State and then “share views”, party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday.

The decision comes even as the BJP put up its best ever performance in the State — taking a lead in 18 of the 42 seats.

Banerjee, who did not hold the customary press conference that comes on the day of results, posted her reaction on Twitter barely five hours after the counting began.

“Congratulations to the winners. But all losers are not losers. We have to do a complete review and then we will share our views with you all,” she tweeted.

According to her, the counting process is not over till the VVPATs are matched.

“Let the counting process be completed and the VVPATs matched," Banerjee further said.

While the TMC was leading in 22 seats till reports last came in, the celebrations across the city and at Harish Chatterjee Street — the road leading to the Banerjee’s residence — remain muted.

The excitement level was not the same, comapred with the 2014 polls or even in 2016, when TMC workers on motor-bikes would go around localities shouting slogans in praise of Banerjee.

Of course, there was the usual volley of media persons near Banerjee’s residence. Party supporters thinned out as the day progressed.

‘Unprecedented results’

For a party that ruled the State for 34 long years, the CPI(M) and its allies in the Left Front were completely wiped-out this time. The alliance failed to win even a single seat and its vote share fell to single digit, the lowest ever. The State leadership of the CPI(M) expressed surprise over the results and called it “unprecedented”.

In 2014, the Left Front managed to win the Raiganj and the Murshidabad seats. As per reports that last came in, the BJP was leading in Raiganj, while the TMC was leading in Murshidabad.

“This the lowest ever performance of the CPI(M) … What has happened is a political and multi-pronged polarisation,” Surjya Kanta Mishra, the CPI(M) State Secretary and Polit Bureau member said.

BJP celebrates

Meanwhile, the BJP workers were in a celebratory mood as they chanted “Jai Shree Ram” slogans.

BJP President Amit Shah, while addressing workers at Delhi, referred to the “200-odd workers killed because of political violence” here. Calling them martyrs, Shah said they had laid down their lives to uphold democracy.

Published on May 23, 2019
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