Buddha to resign at 2 pm, Trinamool sweeps
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is going to Raj Bhavan to resign at 2pm as trends in West Bengal confirmed a sweep by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress-led alliance in the 294-seat assembly elections.india Updated: May 13, 2011 12:18 IST
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is going to Raj Bhavan to resign at 2pm as trends in West Bengal confirmed a sweep by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress-led alliance in the 294-seat assembly elections.
At 11:30 am the combine was ahead in 219 seats with the Left Front leading in 65.
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was on top of the list of ministers who were trailing in their respective constituencies.
The trends are in line with expectations that in this election Bengal would see an end to 34 years of Left Front rule, a world record for any elected communist government.
The trend triggered early morning jubiliation in the streets of Kolkata and in front of the house of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Harish Chatterjee Street in south Kolkata. The air was green with gulal as Trinamool supporters used their party colour liberally to express their jubiliation.
The extent of the sweep could be gauged from the fact that Trinamool Congress was in a position to notch up more than 180 seats where as the magic figure was only 148.
"People have voted for me because they have faith in Mamata Banerjee. Kolkata needs to be made more beautiful, the roads need to be taken care of, the garbage in the city needs to be removed. The city belongs to its residents and not to any particular party," said mayor of Kolkata, Trinamool candidate Sovan Chattopadhyay.
"My dream is not my personal victory; I want to see Mamata Banerjee on the chief minister's seat. I will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the duties Didi gives me," said leader of the opposition in the outgoing Assembly Partha Chatterjee, who won by almost 59,000 votes.
Among the important members of the state cabinet who were behind the opposition candidates were chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, industry minister Nirupam Sen, finance minister Asim Dasgupta, information technology minister Debesh Das, labour minister Anadi Sahu, housing development minister Gautam Deb, transport minister Ranjit Kundu, PWD minister Kshiti Goswami, urban development minister Ashok Bhattacharya, health minister Suryakanta Mishra, paschimanchal unnayan minister Sushanta Ghosh.
Among important Congress-Trinamool Congress candidates who are leading are Sovan Chatterjee, mayor of Kolkata, Trinamool Congress candidate, Abhijit Mukherjee, Congress candidate and Pranab Mukherjee's son, Amit Mitra, Trinamool candidate and Ficci secretary general, Manich Gupta former chief secretary who is contesting against Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Among the few ministers who are leading are land minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah, panchayat minister Anisur Rehman and technical education minister Chakradhar Meikap. The Trinamool Congress sweep seemed to affect even north Bengal and districts such as Burdwan regarded as the pinnacle of Left's achievements in Bengal.
In the outgoing Assembly the Left Front had a four-fifths majority when it won 235 seats out of the 294-seats.