I wanted to resign as Chief Minister says, Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, in her first press meet after Lok Sabha results, said that she told Trinamool Congress workers in a meet that she wanted to resign from her position as the chief minister of Bengal, but was persuaded by her party leaders to carry on.

She said that the chair was never important for me and I wanted to resign. In the past, I resigned as Union minister and I tried to convince my party leaders but they did not agree said Mamata Banerjee at a press conference held in Kolkata. The chair needs me and I don’t need the chair. I was a Chief Minister without any powers for the past six months, thanks to the Election Commission she added.

The Trinamool congress president also slammed Bharatiya Janata Party for engineering religious polarisation. I just don’t accept this school of politics. If that means I will be alone and I don’t mind she said. Holding her ground, Mamata also reiterated that she will not allow NRC in Bengal. However, she said that she will provide constructive cooperation to the Union government.

The Trinamool congress chief also remarked that she was defeated by money power. It is scandalous and Omnious for all parties she said. Mamata Banerjee alleged that even Central government officers were used to distribute money, and admitted that some of Trinamool Congress leaders also succumbed to the lure of the lucre.

Mamata Banerjee dared the BJP to topple her government. Let them try. Is it so easy Mamata said in response to a question that the BJP may try to unseat the Trinamool Congress from the state government? After the results, it has become clear that the BJP is ahead in 128 of the 294 Assembly segments in the state.

Can it happen that opposition parties did not get a single seat in a few states and None raised any question when Rajiv Gandhi got more than 400 seats, and when Atalji won. But there is doubt in some minds now and therefore some are raising questions she added.

Mamata Banerjee said that TMC vote share rose by a few percentage points. If we can raise it by a few percentage points more, we don’t care if all the opposition parties unite she said. The Bengal chief minister also questioned why is inviting the prime minister of Pakistan now and Why did you label others as Pakistan agents during the elections.

The Trinamool Congress chief made several changes in the party organization in a few districts such as Jhargram, West Burdwan, Malda, North Dinajpur, Purulia, Bankura. The chief minister also indicated that she will deal strictly with officers who neglected the projects of the people and promoted their own. Taking a dig at some of her former party leaders she said, When I take a step against a corrupt leader, he joins a corrupt party.

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