Former Indian captain and president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Sourav Ganguly congratulated Mamata Banerjee for her party TMC’s landslide victory in the assembly elections 2016. Mamata for the second time will take oath as Chief Minister of West Bengal. TMC has won 214 seats which mean they will have a sole majority of running the government.
Mamata is popularly known as Didi, her Party’s victory surprised many as many media predicted that CPIM who ruled Bengal for 35 years surrendered to Mamata in 2011, this time, would come back strongly, but they lost their ground as they won only 22 seats. In a 294 seat assembly, Mamata Banerjee showed how much people love Mamata Banerjee and her facilities and amenities to villagers helped her to win the heart of village vote bank.
In 2011, she won only 184. Her opponent Lef front and Indian National Congress alliance has won together 68 seats (24+44) and are no match for TMC.
Mamata Banerjee contested from Bhabanipur constituency where she won with a massive margin of 20321 votes against Congress Deepa Dashmunshi.
In recent time, it was believed that the Congress and CPIM were about to do well but only Congress did well and CPIM won fewer seats than the 2011 elections.
The BJP won three seats and its alliance partner Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in three, IANS reported.
The former India captain, who has cordial relations with the West Bengal chief minister, took to Twitter after a massive victory for Mamata. He wrote:
Congratulations to Mamata didi
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 19, 2016
Trinamool seemed to be sweeping all the districts of Bengal except the North Bengal where Ashok Bhattacharya’s protest rally against TMC worked as CPIM won a couple of seats there. In Malda and Murshidabad districts, which are Congress leader Adhir Chaudhury’s strongholds, Left-Congress alliance candidates are doing well. In Murshidabad, the alliance was in the forefront in 18 of the 22 seats, while in Malda it led in eight of the 11 constituencies. But one of their stronghold Karimpur constituency is won by TMC candidate Mohua Maitra.
In 2015 during CAB elections, Mamata Banerjee backed Sourav Ganguly for president post after Jagmohan Dalmiya died.