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Mamata Banerjee

topics Updated: May 25, 2016 10:46 IST

Banerjee lead her Trinamool Congress party to a historic victory in the 2011 West Bengal state elections where the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) was defeated after being in power for 35 years. Banerjee’s political ideologies are also leftist and she is among handful of regional leaders who are courted by the two top national parties (BJP and Congress) for significant political muscle.