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Poll effect: Mamata offers to quit as CM, party rejects

Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee Saturday offered to quit as chief minister of West Bengal following her party s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, but the TMC rejected it. Addressing her first press conference after the election results were declared, she accused the BJP of polarising people on religious lines to garner votes in West Bengal and wondered if some sort of setting or foreign power played a role in such a huge victory of the saffron party. West Bengal witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday as the BJP inflicted a deadly blow to ruling Trinamool Congress by winning 18 of the total 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The TMC won 22 seats, down from 34 in 2014. I wanted to resign from the post of chief minister. The chair is nothing for me. But, the party rejected it. I don t need the chair, but the chair needs me, said Banerjee after an hour-long meeting with all candidates and senior leaders of the party. Claiming that her government has fulfilled all the ...


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