Mamata Banerjee offers to step down as W. Bengal CM after TMC cedes ground to BJP

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has offered to step down as the chief minister of West Bengal. The decision comes in the wake of the TMC ceding ground to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held Lok Sabha election.

Mamata Banerjee held an emergency meeting at her home in Kolkata today.

“Nothing is unfair in love and war,” Mamata Banerjee reportedly told her party leaders at the meeting

“I told at the beginning of the meeting that I don’t want to continue as the Chief Minister,” she said.

‘Didi’ also put the onus of TMC’s drubbing on the EC and the central forces. “The central forces worked against us. An emergency situation was created. Hindu-Muslim division was done and votes were divided. We complained to the EC but nothing was looked into,” said Mamata Banerjee.

The BJP has left the Mamata-led TMC shell-shocked, winning 18 out of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. TMC has won 22 seats down from 34 in 2014. In 2014, the saffron party had won just two seats.

What is even more worrying for the TMC is that the the BJP has secured a vote share of 40.5 per cent while that of the TMS is 37 per cent.

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 won two seats down from four last time.

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