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West Bengal:

Two days after the results of the 2019 general elections were declared, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee said that she had offered to resign as Chief Minister of West Bengal, but the party colleagues rejected her proposal. “I told at the beginning of the meeting that I don’t want to continue as the chief minister,” Mamata told reporters after an internal meeting of Trinamool leaders on Saturday.

Addressing the media after holding a meeting with TMC leaders at her residence in Kolkata to introspect on the election results, Banerjee said she will now devote more time to party work. She also accused the Election Commission (EC) of working in a partisan manner in West Bengal, and the BJP of playing communal politics to woo voters in the state.

“In Bengal, they gave Rs 5,000 for one vote. I was helpless for a couple of months because they (BJP) didn’t allow me to work. The police and the administration were reporting to the Election Commission (EC). The EC worked on behalf of the BJP,” she said. “I should say they (EC) is the man of the match”, Mamata added.

Meanwhile, the BJP, on Saturday, described Banerjee’s offer to quit as a “drama” and claimed her government will fall on its own and the saffron party will not need to topple it. “t is good that at least she has accepted her defeat. But her offer to quit is nothing but a drama to garner sympathy,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI.

However, the TMC won 22 seats this time, 12 fewer than its 2014 tally. West Bengal is scheduled to hold Assembly elections in 2021.

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