Bengal News Update : Mamata storms back to power with an overwhelming majority

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Kolkata, May 3 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stormed back to power in West Bengal with an overwhelming majority.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, who won 184 seats in 2011 and 211 seats in 2016, has significantly improved her tally and may end up winning 215 seats in the 294-member assembly.

In a stinging rebuff to rivals BJP, Left-Congress- ISF who had united against her, Ms Banerjee scripted history on when she returned to power with a record win in elections to the West Bengal assembly.

By late Sunday evening, it was clear that the TMC was on its way to secure a massive majority in West Bengal.

Fighting incumbency, the Trinamool Congress has a solid two-thirds majority having bagged a total of 215 seats.

Addressing the media Ms Banerjee, while thanking the people for voting for the TMC for the third time in power since 2011, said the voters chose to have a government with a doubleton figure in the assembly and rejected the ” double engine” government of BJP.

Accepting the verdict of Nandigram people for her defeat by 1957 votes to BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari Ms Banerjee said, “Don’t worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It’s okay. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don’t mind.

“It is the victory of the people of Bengal, the victory of democracy. Bengal has saved India today. This landslide victory came after fighting against several odds — the Centre, its machinery, its agencies. This victory has saved humanity,” the TMC supremo said.

The chief minister said her government will provide free vaccines to the people of the state.

“I urge the Centre to give free vaccines to every Indian. To vaccinate 140 crore, people, Rs 30,000 crore is needed to be spent. I will sit in protest before the Mahatma Gandhi statue here if the Centre does not accept this demand,” Ms Banerjee said.


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