Mamata Banerjee’s TMC ceded ground to the BJP in the recently held Lok Sabha election and state assembly bypolls
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday held an emergency meeting at party chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s home after ceding ground to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held Lok Sabha election.
The BJP also shocked the TMC in assembly bypolls that were held alongside the Lok Sabha election. The BJP won four out the eight assembly bypolls in West Bengal, while the TMC won three.
The BJP left the Mamata-led TMC shell-shocked, winning 18 out of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.
In 2014, the saffron party had won just two seats.
In a press conference after an internal meeting, Mamata Banerjee said, “At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to quit as CM but party rejected; maybe I will continue.”
“For the last five months, we could not work due to such prolonged elections. Despite all the hurdles, out vote share increased,” Mamata added.
“Nothing is unfair in love and war,” Mamata Banerjee said after her party lost significant ground to BJP in West Bengal.
More worryingly for Mamata Banerjee, the BJP managed to win 40.5 per cent vote share in the bypolls, more than the TMC’s 37 per cent.
Mamata Banerjee said, “Central forces worked against us. The BJP has won the communal agenda and the EC [Election Commission] totally worked in their favour.”
Speaking at the emergency meeting in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said, “A total emergency situation was created in Bengal.”
Taking a jibe at the BJP, Mamata Banerjee said, “I wonder why they [BJP] did not get all 23 seats as they had claimed. He [Modi] has succeeded but we don’t accept their way of things. We will not accept communal politics. Such division between Hindus and Muslims will not be entertained. The amount of money used in the elections is a huge scam.”
“Top IPS officers were shunted to facilitate the movement of money for BJP. I am a Hindu myself but I am against ultra Hinduism,” Mamata Banerjee said.
Talking about the Congress, Mamata Banerjee said, “We will cooperate if it’s a constructive work… I am not the Congress!”
Mamata Banerjee criticsed the working of the EC as well and said, “The EC was flooded with complaints but no justice was delivered. Not even one member of EC raised his/her voice in protest.”
A senior TMC leader called the election results a “rude shock”. “Our party supremo will be meeting victorious candidates as well as those who lost the polls. District presidents and other senior leaders will also be present at the meeting. We will discuss the elections results and take stock of both our weaknesses and strengths,” the leader said, referring to the emergency meeting being held today.
Bengal witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday as the BJP inflicted a body blow to Trinamool Congress by winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, up from just two in 2014.
TMC has won 22 seats down from 34 in 2014.
The saffron party also gave the TMC a run for its money bagging 40.25 per cent of the vote share counted so far compared to 43.28 per cent clinched by TMC.
The four-party Left Front, that ruled the state for 34 years till 2011, could manage a measly 7.8 per cent votes with its candidates losing deposits in all seats but one.
The Congress bagged two seats down from four last time and has won a vote share of 5.61 per cent.