NEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee who was contesting against her former aide and BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, conceded defeat and said “I accept the verdict of the people”.
“Do not worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It is ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I do not mind. We won more than 221 seats and BJP has lost the election,” Mamata said.
“But I will move the court because I have information that after the declaration of results there were some manipulations done and I will reveal those. BJP has lost the elections. They played dirty politics. We faced the horror of the Election Commission,” she added.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari said he is grateful to the people of Nandigram for choosing him as their representative and the MLA from the constituency.
“My sincere thanks to the great people of Nandigram for their love, trust, blessings, and support, and for choosing me as their representative and the MLA from Nandigram. It is my never-ending commitment to be of service to them and working for their welfare. I am truly grateful!” tweeted Adhikari.
Nandigram witnessed a high voltage “Khela” (game of power) on April 1 in the second phase of West Bengal assembly polls. The constituency had seen a direct contest between Banerjee and her former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year. Both Mamata and Suvendu led a very aggressive campaign and indulged in attacks and counterattacks.
Exit polls have forecast a tight contest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the eight-phase elections to the 294-member assembly.
(With agency inputs)
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