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#Didi trends as Modi’s BJP faces defeat by Mamata in Indian state polls

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#Didi has become top trend on social media after Mamata Banerjee and her political party Trinamool Congress (TMC) defeated Narendra Modi’s  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a clear majority in Indian state elections.

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress party has grabbed victory in West Bengal again for the third consecutive time with a clear majority by winning over 211 seats against BJP‘s 79 out of 294 assembly seats, according to the website of the Election Commission of India.

The ruling party in Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has failed to become victorious in West Bengal polls despite making strong efforts by awarding party tickets to several TMC deserters.

#MamataBanerjee and #Didi became the top trend on Twitter as users are hailing the Mamata Banerjee to grab victory against Narendra Modi to throw BJP out of West Bengal state.

The incumbent chief minister’s party in India’s West Bengal state has defeated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in a state election held as the coronavirus pandemic surged to crisis levels, according to Reuters.

Modi has been criticised for focusing on the elections instead of making the pandemic his top priority.

Some expert blame the federal election commission for allowing rallies and voting in which large crowds flouted rules on social distancing and mask-wearing.

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Mamata Banerjee, 66, is set to be the chief of West Bengal for the third time after her Trinamool Congress party (TMC) won a two-thirds majority, taking more than 200 seats in the 294-seat state assembly, election commission officials said. Final counting for some seats was still underway.

Banerjee is now India’s only woman chief minister.

Despite the defeat, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) made substantial gains, making it the main opposition party as its tally in the state legislature went to nearly 80 seats from just three seats won in 2016.

Modi, his colleagues and regional politicians campaigned aggressively in five state elections despite the pandemic. The results are seen as a test of the impact the pandemic’s second wave is having on support for him and his right-wing BJP.

Banerjee, a sharp critic of Modi, largely conducted a one-woman campaign to retain power by leading scores of public rallies.

“It is a stupendous performance by Mamata Banerjee because Modi was determined to win Bengal, but it’s clear that his entire political machinery and strategy was unable to defeat her,” said Diptendu Bhaskar, a political analyst in Kolkata, West Bengal’s capital.

In Assam state, the BJP managed to retain political power. In Tamil Nadu, the DMK – the main regional opposition party – secured victory

In Kerala state, the ruling lefist political party was set to form government while the BJP led-alliance won no seats. In the union territory of Puducherry, the All India NR Congress-led alliance was leading in 14 of the 30 seats assembly.

Most of the votes were cast in March, but polling in some constituencies continued through April, just as India started to detect thousands of new coronavirus infections everyday.



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