Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, speaks during a campaign. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)  

Mamata Offers To Quit As Chief Minister, Party Rejects

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee offered to quit as chief minister of West Bengal following her party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls but the TMC rejected it.

Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of “polarising” the people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal.

“At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to leave the chief minister's post. However, the offer was rejected by the party and I may continue,” Banerjee said.

She also raised suspicion over BJP's stellar poll performance.

“This huge victory is not beyond suspicion. It is quite astonishing how the opposition is completely wiped out in several states. There has been some setting and foreign powers are also involved,” she claimed.

The TMC chief also said that an emergency-like situation was created in the state by the BJP to win the elections.