Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has secured a smooth win at the Bengal Assembly Election 2021 by a landslide in Bengal. However, Bengal’s didi lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. “I accept the verdict in Nandigram – it is not a big deal. Don’t worry,” the TMC supremo said.
She further asserted, “‘Khela hobe’ did happen, and we did win. The BJP kept going on and on about double-engine sarkar, while I assured you all that I will score a double century. This is Bangla’s win… this is Bengal’s win… this is your win. This win has saved Bengal, it has saved the culture and tradition of Bengal.”
Even though the TMC supremo has accepted the decision of the people, the party is not letting this go anytime soon. The TMC has demanded recounting in the Nandigram constituency from which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had contested. The party has alleged a number of illegalities in the vote-counting process. According to unofficial sources, Banerjee lost the Nandigram assembly elections to BJP candidate and her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari by around 1,700 votes.
The TMC has reportedly written to the CEO requesting an immediate recounting of votes, party sources said, alleging “tampering and mismanagement of numbers from the EVM”. The allegations also include the counting process being stalled from time to time and not being reported by the poll panel. It was also reported that valid votes in favour of didi were rejected while invalid votes for the Suvendu Adhikari were counted.
Didi ran a bitter, head-to-head campaign against the BJP in Bengal over two months while Covid cases surged in India. However, BJP bigshots like Amit Shah, JP Nadda including Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned heavily in Bengal during these times as well.
Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, the opposition DMK led by MK Stalin is leading in 131 seats as AIADMK seem to lose power this year. While on the other hand, the ruling Left-led LDF front is likely to end a four-decade trend by retaining power in Kerala.
In Assam, the BJP is way ahead of its nearest rival Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party campaigned hard in Assam as well to reclaim its one-time bastion while putting the same effort as in West Bengal. “People have blessed us. We can say for sure that the BJP will form government in Assam. We are coming back to power with our partners AGP and UPPL,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters.