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Mamata Express steamrolls Left Front

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress-Congress combine has swept aside the Left Front in the elections for the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly. The TMC-Congress combine is ahead in 219 seats while the Left Front is ahead in 69 seats and others ahead in 9 seats as per the trends available till 2:30 pm.

Trinamool Congress alone is leading in 176 seats, well above the halfway mark of 147 that may enable Mamata Banerjee form a government on her own. Her ally Congress was ahead in 34 seats while CPM was ahead in 53.

Mamata is all set to storm the Writers building in Kolkata following her massive win that has brought an end to the 34-year old rule of the Left Front.

Mamata said, ” I am grateful to the people of West Bengal for keeping faith in me and I dedicate this win to the people of the state.”

“Sonia Gandhi has expressed pleasure at the win in West Bengal,” Mamata said.

“We don’t want autocracy and atrocities, we want democracy and people are winners,” Mamata added.

CPM state chief Biman Bose said, “We will try to find out where exactly things did not go in our favour for the loss to the elections. We will analyze the reason behind the loss.”

The first result of the West Bengal elections on Friday went to the ruling Left Front as the Forward Bloc won the Dubrajour assembly seat in Birbhum district.

Forward Bloc’s Bijoy Bagdi won by 2,713 votes over Trinamool Congress nominee Santoshi Saha.

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