In a bolt from the blue moment in West Bengal hours after the reports declared that Mamata Banerjee had won the Nandigram constituency in 1,200 votes, the state had braced up the sudden twist amid the spectacular victory of the Trinamool Congress. The twist had triggered Mamata Banerjee to move to the court and challenge the verdict.
West Bengal had witnessed an intense race in the Nandigram constituency between Mamata Banerjee and BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, who was Mamata's right hand till joining the saffron camp. Mamata had intentionally chosen to contest in Nandigram to take on Suvendu Adhikari, who betrayed her and joined the BJP and took some of the TMC members to the Central ruling party.
The votes registered in West Bengal were counted on May 2 and BJP's Adhikari was initially leading in Nandigram and there was a strong tug-of-war between them to finish big. The scenes were later changed in Nandigram as several reports had shown that Mamata Banerjee had taken the lead over his former aide and in the evening hours of Sunday, ANI had reported that Mamata Banerjee had won the Nandigram constituency.
The news had poured a huge relief to the TMC members. However, Trinamool Congress had tweeted that the counting process in Nandigram has not been completed and its statement was speculated to be of prelude to a twist in the state. It was then reported that Mamata Banerjee had lost Nandigram and her rival Suvendu Adhikari had won the constituency by 1,736 votes.
The sudden twist had immensely shocked the TMC members as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate has lost the race when the party has got a resounding majority to form the new government. After learning that she has lost the election, Mamata Banerjee said that she will approach the court to challenge Adhikari's victory. She cited that she has information that there were some manipulations.
While addressing the state, she said, "I accept the verdict. But I will move the Court because I have information that after the declaration of results there were some manipulations done and I will reveal those". Mamata Banerjee's assertion has come when her party has got a sound lead in the polls. Though she has lost the election, she can become the Chief Minister with the majority numbers in the assembly and she has to win an MLA seat in six months from the date of swearing-in as the Chief Minister.
Mamata Banerjee is all set to become the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive time. The party has now been leading in 213 seats in the 294 assembly seats while BJP is leading in 77 seats. In 2016, Mamata Banerjee had won 211 seats and the current results were remarkable to her as she has gained more seats to rule the state. Though BJP had seen a significant push that it has been leading in 75 seats more than its total count in 2016, the saffron camp still needs more time to defeat Mamata's army.
As Mamata Banerjee is all set to create history by becoming the first woman Chief Minister in India to win for the third consecutive time, several national leaders have been wishing and congratulating her in forming the new government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mamata Banerjee over the victory. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, "Congratulations to Mamata Didi for @AITCofficial's win in West Bengal. The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfill people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic."
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I accept the verdict. But I will move the Court because I have information that after the declaration of results there were some manipulations done and I will reveal those: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/JM88edOgAa— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Congratulations to Mamata Didi for @AITCofficial's win in West Bengal. The Centre 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. @MamataOfficial— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2021