Kolkata: Chief Minister of West-Bengal Mamata Banerjee in her first presser after her party's national election setback in Bengal, said she did not want to continue as Chief Minister and had told her Trinamool Congress that.
Mamata said, "I have told my party, for six months I have been unable to work. I was a powerless Chief Minister. I cannot accept that. I don't want to continue as Chief Minister. The chair is nothing for me. Party symbol is most important for me.”
The BJP scored a remarkable tally in West Bengal, a long-term left stronghold turned Trinamool territory. It won 18 of the state's 42 Lok Sabha seats, in a massive improvement over its 2014 tally of two seats. Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool won only a few more, 22.
Asking the fairness of the Lok Sabha results, she said, "I can only continue if people are willing to take a bold step. We need to increase our vote share. BJP's vote has come from the Left. This is mathematics.”
The BJP has won 303 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha and along with its allies, it has 352. "I can't accept this. How can BJP win so many seats in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana? People are scared to speak but I am not."