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Mamata Banerjee is all set to return as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive

Mamata Banerjee is all set to return as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term

West Bengal (WB) Election Results 2021 Live Updates: Mamata Banerjee is all set to return as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term, with the TMC leading in over 200 seats. However, as per the Election Commission count, Mamata has lost the Nandigram seat to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari by 1,736 votes. But mandatory VVPAT verification is currently underway and results will be officially announced only after that.

Speaking to the press in Kolkata, she said, “This is a victory for the people of Bengal. I am proud to say that Bengal saved the country. The Election Commission behaved badly with us — they behaved like BJP’s spokesperson. BJP played dirty politics and lost the election.”

She added, “Covid is my first priority. We will work on this immediately. We will not do a big oath-taking ceremony. We will weather this storm. We will distribute free vaccines to everyone. Also request the Centre to distribute free vaccines to all. If this does not happen, I will sit on a dharna in front of the Gandhi Murti in Kolkata. We appeal to everyone not to do a victory rally now. We will do a big victory rally at the Brigade Parade Ground later after the situation is normal.”

PM Narendra Modi has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for TMC’s performance in the Assembly polls and said BJP will keep serving the people of Bengal. “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,” he tweeted.

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