Controversy erupts over the Nandigram battle as Trinamool Congress (TMC) prepares for a third consecutive term in the West Bengal Assembly election. Initially, conflicting reports emerged that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had allegedly won the Nandigram seat. However, later, it was reported that BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari allegedly won the seat.
Irrespective of whether she won or not, Mamata has said that she graciously accepts the verdict of the people of Nandigram but will move the Court against after declaration of results. “I accept the verdict of the people of Nandigram. But I will move the Court because I have information that some manipulations took place after the declaration of results and I will reveal those,” Mamata told reporters.
However, several political leaders have congratulated Mamata Banerjee on her party’s win.
Mamata thanked her supporters and asked them to go home. “I would like to thank everyone. I appeal to all my workers to not take out any victory rally. I urge everyone to go back to their homes now,” she told her supporters gathered outside her residence.
Many predicted that it would be a close contest between the TMC and the BJP in West Bengal. Although some suggested that TMC would retain power, nobody imagined that they would lead by a massive margin. In the run-up to the Assembly election, TMC and the BJP indulged in bitter campaigning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah launching an all-out attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The BJP were confident that they would form a government in West Bengal by defeating TMC. However, that does not seem to be the case.
Meanwhile, despite campaigning ruthlessly, the BJP has put up a better performance compared to the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections where they won only three seats. Although the BJP expected to win at least 100-140 seats, they would take 75-80 seats in compared to the three seats won in 2016. This is a huge gain for the BJP. With the BJP gaining, the Congress and the CPM will want to forget the West Bengal election.