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West Bengal election results live: Didn't expect a politics of slander, says Mamata after the win
In the West Bengal exit poll surveys conducted by regional and national channels have given TMC a clear majority in the 294-member Assembly.
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Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Mamata Banerjee
Congratulations Didi for stupendous victory...— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 19, 2016
Jairam Ramesh expresses disappointment
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said though the outcome in Kerala and Assam was not surprising, that in West Bengal had come as a disappointment for the party as it expected to do much better.
"Results in West Bengal are disappointing. I am surprised by our less than anticipated showing in Bengal. We certainly expected to do much better. We were confident that the alliance will do very well. We need to look at it in some detail," Ramesh said.
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It is a "corruption-less" state, says Mamata.
Mamata Banerjee addresses media, expresses gratitude to people
We were victorious with two-thirds majority. Despite the Congress and Left alliance, we won. Families have come together and helped us win.
Everything went peacefully. People stood in the queue for hours and in the heat to vote. Didn't expect a politics of slander and low lies.
We fought alone this time. Last elections, Trinamool had won 184 seats in alliance. This time, Opp was united against us.
Have ideological differences with BJP and Congress demolished itself by aligning itself with the Left.
Trinamool Congress wins first seat
The first results of the West Bengal assembly polls on Thursday went in favour of the Trinamool Congress as the ruling party steadily marched towards a brute majority, leading in as many as 212 of the total 294 seats.
Trinamool nominee Nayna Bandyopadhyay retained Chowrangee constituency, defeating her nearest rival Somen Mitra of the Congress by over 13,000 votes.
The other winner declared so far is also from Trinamool, as Shashi Panja successfully defended Shyampukur constituency, defeating Piyali Pal of the All India Forward Bloc by over 13,000 votes.
Counting of votes for the high stakes Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry will be held on Thursday morning with trends expected to be available by 11 am. By 12 noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the five states.
Election Commission officials said counting of votes will commence at 8 am, and will be over by 3 pm. According to Election Commission guidelines, half an hour after the postal ballots are counted, the process of counting votes from the EVMs begins. The 'ballot unit' is switched on in the presence of senior poll officials and counting agents of candidates, and the result command keyed in to get results per machine.
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee had created electoral history in 2011 when she ended the 34-year-long Communist rule in West Bengal. However, after a series of corruption scandals and allegations of political violence, her popularity is now under serious question. However, the exit polls have predicted a TMC sweep in the state. Interestingly, all exit polls predicted an anti-incumbent mood in all states except West Bengal.
West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday expressed happiness at being given a clear majority in the state Assembly elections by most of the exit polls.
Most of the exit poll surveys by regional and national channels have given TMC a clear majority in the 294-member Assembly. Most exit poll surveys conducted by regional and national channels have given TMC a clear majority in the 294-member Assembly.
"We will wait for 19 May and the actual results. The people of Bengal will bless Trinamool abundantly. The Mamata Banerejee government's peace and communal harmony will win the hearts and minds of the people of Bengal," TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien said.
On the other hand, the opposition combine of the Left Front and Congress is hopeful of the formation of an alliance government.
CPM MP Ritabrata Banerjee and Congress leader Abdul Mannan said that whatever might be the exit poll prediction, the formation of the alliance government was "imminent."
Mannan claimed people had voted in favour of the alliance.
Of all the four states, one heard the loudest noise about corruption in West Bengal, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) had to contend with two major corruption scandals — the Saradha scam and Narada sting operation.
With inputs from agencies
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