New Delhi, May 26: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday offered to quit from the chief minister’s post and work as the Trinamool Congress chief to focus on reviving her party. The offer was duly turned down by her colleagues. This came after the Lok Sabha result showed massive gains for BJP in West Bengal.
After a party meeting to review Trinamool’s poll reverses Mamata said, "I don’t crave the chair, the chair needs me.”
“I think I may have done a little more than I should have. I will now devote more time to the party,” she said at a media briefing after the meeting.
Defending the blame of minority appeasement, she said, “Yes, I will attend iftars if I am invited. I will do so if even this means Muslim appeasement.
I am ready to tolerate a cow’s kicks as long as it gives me milk,” Mamata, implying she was ready to continue with Muslim appeasement despite all criticism as long as it helped her.
The West Bengal CM has received feedback about a few leaders “taking money” and sabotaging Trinamool’s prospects in the polls, which led to BJP winning 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.
“I told my colleagues how difficult it was for me to continue in office for the last six months. It was like the Emergency. I couldn’t work for six months. Yes, I was the chief minister but at the Election Commission’s pleasure. I tried to convince my party that there was no reason to continue in office in such a situation. But I was alone,” she further added.
The CM, however, saw a silver lining in the Bengal result. “Our vote share has increased by 4%. We have a majority. But we need to improve our vote share by 5% more to stay ahead of the entire opposition: BJP, Left front and Congress,” the Trinamool chief said, explaining how the shift of Left votes helped the BJP surge.
“The CPM’s 29% vote share decreased by 22%, pushing up the BJP’s vote share to 40%,” she said.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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