West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has described Trinamool Congress’ victory in the state bypolls as “people’s revolt” against demonetisation and urged all political parties to start a wave of protests. “People have revolted. This is symbolic. It is a vote against demonetisation. In a democracy, people vent their anger through votes,” Banerjee told mediapersons on Tuesday.
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The TMC retained the Tamluk Lok Sabha and Monteshwar assembly seats by huge margins and also established a massive lead in the Cooch Behar Lok Sabha constituency. Banerjee said her party won so massively as “the people have voted for those working in the people’s interest.
“This huge victory is the victory of common people. I congratulate them for the result,” Banerjee said at the airport on her way to Delhi. “I want people across all political parties to start a wave of protest” against demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, the chief minister said.
TMC candidate Dibyendu Adhikari won Tamluk Lok Sabha seat defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival Mandira Panda by 4.97 lakh votes. TMC candidate Saikat Panja registered a massive victory in Monteswar Assembly bypoll by defeating his nearest CPIM rival Md Osman Gani Sarkar by 1,27,127 votes. TMC’s Parthapratim Roy has taken a lead of over 3.2 lakh votes over his nearest rival of BJP.