Mediapersons outnumbered CPI(M) supporters and leaders at MuzaffarAhmad Bhawan, the CPI(M) headquarters at Kolkata's Alimuddin Street, on Friday. Outgoing chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who was there from 10am to 1.30pm, did not speak to the media.
A combative Left Front chairman Biman Bose – who had lashed out at the media and claimed the Left would win, a day before the results – looked grim and visibly irritated.
“The Left was not born only to win elections. We will continue to oppose anti-people of the Centre," he said.
“We accept our defeat,” he said. “We accept our failure to gauge ground realities.”
But if there were any signs of repentance or introspection, he hid them well.
When asked if he or his party would congratulate Mamata, Bose said: “In a democratic set up, one doesn't offer condolence messages to the defeated. Nor do you dance in joy for the victors."
He added, "Our calculations were wrong. We will sit and anlyse the results."
He said the Left would play the role of a "responsible opposition".