West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asserted that Trinamool Congress' 34-seat tally in the state was a massive triumph and said her party will play a big role in the 16th Lok Sabha in the interest of the people.
"We would play a big role in the interest of the people," Banerjee told reporters at the party headquarter here, dedicating the massive win in the state to the people. The TMC supremo said "34 out of 42 is a clear-cut mandate", specially fighting on our own. "It is the people who opposed the maligning campaign against us and gave their verdict," the Chief Minister said.
Indicating that it was a tough battle over the gruelling five-phase polls in the state, she said "it was a five-six cornered fight, there were several parties. Banerjee said despite a large section of media opposed the party, "people kept their faith in Trinamool Congress". Claiming that a section of the media had underplayed 'Bengal's triumph', Banerjee said that all party MPs would go to Delhi on May 25 to take oath in the Lok Sabha.
Stating that out of 34 members, 33 per cent were women while the national figure was 11 per cent out of the 543, Banerjee said "In that way it is historic. Many talk about women's reservation in the Lok Sabha, but do not do much."