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Updated: November 10, 2009 19:56 IST

CPI(M) should learn from poll results, says Mamata

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Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee asks party workers to keep silence at a protest rally against the State goverment in Kolkata on Monday.
PTI Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee asks party workers to keep silence at a protest rally against the State goverment in Kolkata on Monday.

Describing her party’s success in the by-elections in West Bengal as a victory of the people, Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said CPI(M) should learn from it.

“We won all seven seats and our ally Congress won one seat. It is a victory of the people,” she told reporters here.

Targeting CPI(M), she said, “Despite the goons and guns of CPI(M), we won. CPI(M) should learn from the results.”

Trinamool Congress and ally Congress bagged eight of the 10 seats in the Assembly by-polls handing out a humiliating defeat to Left Front major CPI(M), which drew blank.

On the violent phase in West Bengal after the Lok Sabha polls, she said, “Atrocities were committed in West Bengal after the Lok Sabha results. We lost about 100 of our supporters. However, despite the political violence unleashed by the CPI(M), mandate is in our favour.”

Trinamool Congress, which fielded candidates in seven seats, made a clean sweep winning all of them. Congress, which contested on three seats, won only one when it retained Sujapur Assembly seat in Malda. Forward Bloc and an Independent won one seat each.

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