Mamata Banerjee Offers to Step Down as West Bengal CM and TMC Chief After BJP Rises Neck-to-Neck in West Bengal
File image of West West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | (Photo Credits: ANI)

Kolkata, May 25: After Trinamool Congress (TMC) failed to repeat its performance of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 25 offered to step down as the CM of the state. Banerjee also offered to resign from the post of the party chief as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to made inroads in the TMC ruled-state.  Narendra Modi to Take Oath as PM for Second Term On May 30.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the TMC managed only to bag 22 seat, which was 12 seats less than what the party had secured in the previous general elections. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surprised the ruling party in West Bengal by winning 18 seats. The saffron party's tally in the state increased by 16 seats. The Congress bagged only two seats. During camping for the Lok Sabha elections, violent clashes erupted between the supporters of both the parties.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday also offered to resign from his post as party chief. The proposal was put forth by him at the Congress' Working Committee (CWC) meeting held today to introspect and assess the reasons behind the humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha elections 2019. Reports citing CWC office-bearers claimed that the Working Committee has overwhelmingly turned down his proposal to quit as the party president.

In the recently concluded parliamentary polls, the BJP returned to power with a thumping victory. The saffron party bagged 303 seats, while the BJP-led NDA remained victorious on 352 seats. Narendra Modi will take oath as the pm for the second consecutive time.