Kolkata: The Election Commission has rejected the Trinamool Congress' appeal to recount votes Nandigram, where the party supremo Mamata Banerjee was fielded opposite BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari. In a statement, the returning officer said that the result will be officially declared after the VYPT slips are tallied with the votes on Electronic Voting Machines.
After it was declared yesterday that Mamata Banerjee has lost Bengal, the TMC suspected "fishy" count in the number of votes, with the party chief threatening to approach courts alleging "malpractices".
On Sunday evening, a Trinamool delegation led by its Rajya Sabha MP Derek O' Brien, former Mayor Firhad Hakim, MP Kalyan Banerjee and Atin Ghosh met CEO Ariz Aftab and submitted a letter demanding recounting of votes.
"Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. Nandigram was a sacrifice that was needed in the larger victory. We have won the state," said the Chief Minister. "But I will go to the court because I have heard there were some malpractices," she had said earlier.
"Something is fishy about Nandigram, don't you think? A party wins nearly three-fourths of all the seats in the state and the Chief Minister loses her seat - something very fishy went on in Nandigram," senior Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien had told NDTV.
While twist-and-turns continued in Nandigram amid much confusion with the Election Commission website updation, Suvendu Adhikari took to Twitter to congratulate the people of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings and support.
Adhikari tweeted, "My sincere thanks to the great People of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings, and support, and for choosing me as their representative and the MLA from #Nandigram. It is my never-ending commitment to be of service to them and working for their welfare. I am truly grateful!"
The Election Commission site earlier showed Suvendu Adhikari in the lead, however, around 10:30 pm, the chief minister appeared to had taken over him.