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Mamata Banerjee concedes defeat in Nandigram; says 'I don't mind'

Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, she said

mamata-salil-defeat Mamata Banerjee | Salil Bera

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee lost to loyalist-turned-foe BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram by a margin 1,960 votes. Earlier, there were reports that said Banerjee had defeated Adhikari.

In what appears as admission of defeat, the West Bengal cheif minister said, "Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don't mind."

"Don't worry about Nandigram, I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It is okay. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that. I don't mind. We won more than 221 seats and the BJP has lost the election," news agency ANI quoted her as saying.

The Trinamool Congress, however, claimed that the counting of votes has not been completed for the final round in Nandigram. "The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate," the party said in a tweet.

The chief minister has also said there will not be a grand oath-taking ceremony as tackling COVID-19 is a priority. There will be a mega victory rally in Kolkata when the pandemic is over.

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