Left rout ‘historic verdict’, says Mamata (Second Lead)

May 13th, 2011 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) An emotive and overjoyed Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Friday described the Left rout in West Bengal as “a historic verdict” and compared it to the country’s freedom struggle.

Addressing jubilant crowds outside her Kalighat residence in south Kolkata, Banerjee promised to give good governance during the next five years.

“This is a complete victory of democracy… This is a historic verdict. After 34 years, Bengal has got new freedom,” she thundered, addressing a crowd of thousands that keep cheering her.

“This is just like a freedom struggle. We want to dedicate the victory to the people and the motherland,” she said.

She asserted that peace would be restored in the state where political killings have left scores dead in recent years.

She appealed for calm even as Trinamool supporters celebrated the party’s sweeping victory that ended 34 long years of Left Front rule led by the Communist Party of India-Maxist (CPI-M).

Banerjee said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is currently in Afghanistan, had called her to congratulate her. Congress president Sonia Gandhi too congratulated Banerjee.

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