Mamata Banerjee is likely to return as the chief minister for the third consecutive term with the TMC leading in over 200 seats.
She has also won from Nandigram by defeating turncoat Suvendu Adhikari. Though Adhikari had taken an early lead, Mamata finally overturned the advantage and won by 1,200 votes.
The battle between Adhikari and incumbent CM Mamata Banerjee in the Nandigram seat was one of the contests to watch out for. A decade ago, the protest against land acquisition in Nandigram was one of the key issues that had catapulted Banerjee to power in the state.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated Mamata Banerjee for TMC’s good performance in West Bengal polls. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has credited Mamata Banerjee for the TMC’s astounding performance in Bengal elections, and said his party would introspect the poll results. Vijayvargiya, who is also the BJP’s Bengal minder, also said that he has received a call from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who enquired about the party’s poor show.
When Mamata Banerjee, lovingly known as Didi, came to power in 2011, she put one of the longest-serving elected governments, CPI(M)’s 34-year-long regime to bed. This made winning the 2021 elections a do-or-die situation for TMC. Didi faced the challenge of countering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity in Bengal on one hand and regaining her support base of the minority community that was impacted by stepping in of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on the other.
Moreover, by choosing to fight from Nandigram instead of her home turf Bhabanipur, Mamata Banerjee made the power battle more interesting. However, she successfully associated herself with the pride of Bengal, winning significantly more votes over BJP. Furthermore, after winning this power battle, Didi claims that she is capable of competing against the Prime Minister on a national level.
Mamata’s victory in Bengal has reaffirmed the theory that the BJP easily wins in those states where it competes with the Indian National Congress. But, in the Bengal elections, Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah exerted their full force themselves, yet somehow Didi managed to save her fort. Moreover, TMC’s victory also indicates that Mamata Banerjee is an irreplaceable asset to Bengal and its people still want her in action after 10 years.