Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee, addressing her first press conference after her party’s national election setback in Bengal, said she did not want to continue as Chief Minister and had told her Trinamool Congress that.
“I have told my party, for six months I have been unable to work. I was a powerless Chief Minister. I cannot accept that. I don’t want to continue as Chief Minister. The chair is nothing for me. Party symbol is most important for me,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters.
The BJP achieved a remarkable score in West Bengal, a long-term left stronghold turned Trinamool territory. It won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, in a massive improvement over its 2014 tally of two seats. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool won 22.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Saturday offered to quit as chief minister of West Bengal following her party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls but the TMC rejected it.
Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the BJP of polarising the people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal.
“At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to leave the chief minister’s post. However, the offer was rejected by the party and I may continue,” Banerjee said.
She also raised suspicion over BJP’s stellar poll performance. “This huge victory is not beyond suspicion. It is quite astonishing how opposition is completely wiped out in several states. There has been some setting and foreign powers are also involved,” she claimed.
The TMC chief also said that an emergency-like situation was created in the state by the BJP to win the elections.