At the threshold of history,all Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee could find was a mid-high footstool from which she delivered a short,emotional victory speech.
She thanked the people for the landslide victory,telling the clamouring supporters bathed in green gulal that her win was the victory of democracy.
Emphasising that the people had finally got freedom,she said her party would give good governance. There will be end to autocracy and atrocities. This is the victory of people against years of oppression, she said.
While appealing her people to be calm,the leader said her party has promised industry,democracy,education,health and tribal welfare to the people of Bengal.
Thanking her 3 Ms Ma,Mati Manush Mamata,in her hour of triumph,was not shy to rattle off a few couplets from Rabindranath Tagore Antara mama bikoshito koro,antaro toro he. (Light up my inner soul,ye who is in my very core).
“Not only in Bengal and India,people across the world were waiting for this verdict and we express our gratitude to all of them,” Banerjee said.
Banerjee said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had called her to congratulate on the victory of the TMC-Congress alliance. “The Prime Minister is overwhelmed with our triumph,” she said.
Amid fears that the change of government after so many years might trigger political violence in the state,she appealed to supporters to celebrate the victory peacefully.
“Please maintain peace. Do not fall prey to any provocation. This is the year of 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. We should celebrate our victory peacefully as a tribute to Tagore,” she said.
Banerjee said that the “victory is of ‘jangal mahal’ (Naxal-affected forested areas of the state),of the hills (reference to northern areas where Gorkhaland movement is on) and of our minority brethren”.
She then appealed for calm before instructing her supporters and well-wishers to go home for a bath.
In contrasting moods,there was jubilation in front of Mamata’s modest residence here,while gloom descended on the CPI(M) headquarters where Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was closeted with party leaders.
Trinamool Congress workers and supporters sang,danced and smeared each other with green gulal to the shouts of the ‘Ma,Mati,Manush’ slogan coined by the Trinamool supremo and waved party flags in front of Banerjee’s Harish Chatterjee Street residence.
Sweets were handed out and conches blown as the area wore a festive look. Securitymen had a tough time,but there was no disorderliness.
Many women party supporters were seen wearing saris printed with the party’s symbol ‘Jora ghasphool’ (grass and flowers).
This picture of jubilation was witnessed earlier in 2009 when the Trinamool Congress won 19 Lok Sabha seats.
Hordes of mediapersons from abroad were here to cover the historic win of the Trinamool Congress which fought the Assembly elections in alliance with the Congress.
The scene was in total contrast at Alimuddin Street,the CPI(M) party headquarters,as trends indicated a debacle for the Left Front after 34 years of uninterrupted rule.
CPI(M) sources said that the chief minister was with party leaders at the party headquarters.
Left Front chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose had yesterday asserted that the Front would secure nearly 200 of the 294 seats.
The Left Front would meet at 4:30 pm to review the election results.
The CPI(M) sources did not comment on the trends and said that most ministers were in the districts.