West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee (PTI file)
West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee (PTI file)

Mamata offers to quit as West Bengal chief minister, party rejects

  • Mamata accused the BJP of polarising people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal
  • I offered to leave the chief minister's post. However, the offer was rejected by the party and I may continue: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday offered to quit as the chief minister of West Bengal following her party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls but the Trinamool Congress (TMC) rejected it.

Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, Mamata accused the BJP of polarising 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 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.

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