In what came as a shock to many in the Trinamool Congress camp, party president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered to resign from her post on Saturday following the performance of her party in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
In a press conference after an internal meeting, Mamata Banerjee said, “At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to quit as CM but party rejected; maybe I will continue.”
“For the last five months, we could not work due to such prolonged elections. Despite all the hurdles, out vote share increased,” Mamata added.
“Nothing is unfair in love and war,” Mamata Banerjee said after her party lost significant ground to BJP in West Bengal.
This comes after Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation as party president which was also rejected by the Congress Working Committee meeting in a similar manner.
The TMC supremo also clipped wings of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee and all the districts which were under him have been taken away. Banerjee was responsible for Purulia and Jhargram from where BJP registered a comfortable victory.
Addressing the press conference Mamata Banerjee said that the central forces worked against the TMC. “An emergency situation was created. Hindu-Muslim division was done and votes were divided. We complained to the EC but nothing was looked into,” she claimed.
Banerjee is reportedly rattled after BJP shocked the TMC after it made huge inroads in the state by winning 18 seats, 16 more than it had bagged in the 2014 polls. While Congress managed to win just two seats, the Left parties drew a blank.
“They have succeeded in their formula of polarisation. They have succeeded in creating a Hindu-Muslim divide. The EC also worked for the BJP. Whether anyone believes it or not,” said Mamata.