West Bengal: As the Trinamool Congress inched towards a landslide victory in West Bengal, politicians from several parties have praised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for steering her party to success despite an aggressive poll campaign by BJP, the main challenger.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who spearheads attacks on the centre in Maharashtra, took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “didi, o, didi” campaign remarks. He also called Ms Banerjee the “Tigress of Bengal”.
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) May 2, 2021
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar also extended his best wishes to Banerjee.
“Congratulations @MamataOfficial on your stupendous victory! Let us continue our work towards the welfare of people and tackling the pandemic collectively,” Pawar said in a tweet.
Congratulations @MamataOfficial on your stupendous victory!
Let us continue our work towards the welfare of people and tackling the Pandemic collectively.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 2, 2021
Smajawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in a tweet congratulated the people of the state for being “conscious” and hailed the workers’ efforts in defeating BJP’s “politics of hate”.
प. बंगाल में भाजपा की नफ़रत की राजनीति को हराने वाली जागरुक जनता, जुझारू सुश्री ममता बनर्जी जी व टीएमसी के समर्पित नेताओं व कार्यकर्ताओं को हार्दिक बधाई!
ये भाजपाइयों के एक महिला पर किए गए अपमानजनक कटाक्ष ‘दीदी ओ दीदी’ का जनता द्वारा दिया गया मुँहतोड़ जवाब है।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 2, 2021
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Ms Banerjee as well as the people of Bengal for the massive win.
“Congratulations Mamata Banerjee didi for landslide victory. What a fight! Congratulations to the people of WB,” he tweeted.
Congratulations @MamataOfficial didi for landslide victory. What a fight!
Congratulations to the people of WB
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 2, 2021
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, one of the foremost critics of the BJP, congratulated the Trinamool chief for prevailing despite the “thoroughly partisan” Election Commission.
“Heartiest congratulations to Mamata Banerjee didi and everyone in Trinamool for the remarkable victory in West Bengal. The BJP and thoroughly partisan Election Commission threw everything including the kitchen sink at you and you prevailed. All the best for the next 5 years,” he tweeted.
Heartiest congratulations to @MamataOfficial didi & everyone at @AITCofficial for the remarkable victory in West Bengal. The BJP & a throughly partisan Election Commission threw everything including the kitchen sink at you & you prevailed. All the best for the next 5 years.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 2, 2021
The ruling Trinamool either won or is leading in over 200 seats, which is way above the majority mark. The BJP, which had stunned the Trinamool by winning 18 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, is ahead in over 80 constituencies.
Bengal witnessed the longest-ever Assembly elections spread over eight phases. Ms Banerjee had alleged that the Election Commission had taken the decision at the behest of the BJP, which rules at the centre.
The Trinamool and the BJP ran a bitter, no holds barred campaign that defied Covid safety rules as well as the poll code.
Preceding the elections, Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool had lost scores of senior leaders as they joined the BJP. Despite depleted strength, the Trinamool has scored its third Bengal poll win in a row.