Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for winning the West Bengal state election.
Narendra Modi said that the central government will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, reports NDTV.
Mamata Banerjee, 66, is set to be the chief of West Bengal for the third time after her Trinamool Congress party (TMC) won a two-thirds majority, taking more than 200 seats in the 294-seat state assembly, election commission officials said.
Final counting for some seats was still underway.
As TMC is likely to win over 200 seats in the election, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said this is a victory for people of Bengal.
“I would like to thank everyone. I request all to not take out victory processions. I urge everyone to go back to their homes now,” Mamata Banerjee said at her office.
“All of you who have gathered here, I want to thank you all. You all have worked very hard,” she told the crowd.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC is poised to win over 200 seats in 294-member Bengal Assembly.
The announcement of election results in Nandigram has been postponed due to confusion over ballot counting.
“The ballots are likely to be recounted. The returning officer will take the final decision in this regard. But for now, Shuvendu Adhikari is the winner, said Ariz Aftab, the state’s chief electoral officer.
Although the results were released in 292 constituencies in the state one after another, there has been confusion around Nandigram since noon. After 17 rounds of counting, there were reports that Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee had won.
But as the evening wore on, questions began to arise about Mamata’s victory. It is said that due to a problem in the server, nothing could be said properly.
After fixing a server glitch, Election Commission announced that Suvendu won by 1,622 votes. When Anandabazar contacted Suvendu, he also confirmed it.
Meanwhile, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, “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 won more than 221 seats & BJP has lost the election”
“BJP has lost the elections. They played dirty politics. We faced the horror of Election Commission,” she added.
Mamata further said, “We are grateful to the people for this landslide victory. I have to start working for Covid-19 immediately. The swearing-in will be a low-key event because of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.”