The Mamata-led TMC won a landslide victory in the recently held West Bengal Elections by winning 212 out of 292 seats while the BJP finished a distant second with 77 seats.
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee met West Bengal GovernorJagdeep Dhankhar on Monday and staked claim to form the government. She will take oath as Chief Minister for a third term on May 5, a senior TMC leader confirmed.
The Mamata-led TMC won a landslide victory in the recently held West Bengal Elections by winning 212 out of 292 seats while the BJP finished a distant second with 77 seats. This is the second time that the Trinamool Congress has had a two-thirds majority in West Bengal, after having been come to power in 2011 and 2016.
The cabinet ministers will be sworn in on May 6 by Pro-term speaker Subrata Mukherjee, according to PTI. Biman Banerjee will soon be made the Speaker of the West Bengal legislative assembly.
The Chief Minister said the oath-taking ceremony will be held on a low profile keeping the pandemic in mind. She also informed several party leaders have wished her for the landslide victory.
Interestingly though, Mamata Banerjee narrowly missed out on winning the Nandigram where she was up against her former aide Suvendu Adhikari. The margin of defeat was 1757 votes. In an anti-climatic finish, Mamata Banerjee was first declared the winner by the EC but soon retracted its statement and said that 1 round of voting was still remaining. Following this, it was Adhikari who was declared victorious
Banerjee, while speaking to reporters to said that when the TMC demanded a recount, it was denied by the polling officer. She further alleged that the returning officer of Nandigram had told somebody a recounting order could risk his life.
“I received an SMS from someone wherein Returning Officer of Nandigram has written to someone if he allows recounting then his life would be under threat. I can’t order a recount. My family will be in ruin. I have a little daughter…,” she read from her phone.