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13/05/2011

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, Assembly Poll Results 2011

It's Friday, the 13th, and the numbers have spoken. Mamata Banerjee's TMC will sit at Writers' Building, ending 34 years of Left rule in Bengal. DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has bowed to arch-rival J Jayalalithaa who is headed for a landslide win in Tamil Nadu. Tarun Gogoi will remain CM in Assam, and the winds of change have swept across Kerala.

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, Assembly Poll Results 2011

All right, that's it. It's been a very interesting day. One regime has fallen and another has returned. The most riled political party of recent times, the Congress, has stormed to victory in one state and scraped through another.

I hope you all have enjoyed this continuous coverage. On behalf of contributors Shankar Raj, Rajesh Vishwanathan, Raj Narayan, E Jayakrishnan, Swagata Sen and Murali Gopy, this is Dipankar Paul signing off.

Go to
West Bengal | Tamil Nadu | Kerala | Assam, Puducherry and Kadapa | Results Table

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, West Bengal Assembly Poll Results 2011

Write to us and tell us what you think. Or air your views on the MSN forum. Is Mamata Banerjee the ideal chief ministerial candidate? Will she bring Bengal back on track?

4 pm: Nepal is taking lessons from the Left rout in Bengal. The country's ruling Left government said communists all over South Asia should heed the lesson taught by the debacle of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government.

2.30 pm: It's official. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost his seat and is only the second chief minister inBengal's history to lose an assembly seat. Prafulla Sen, the third chief minister of Bengal, was the first to lose.

1.53 pm: Mamata calls this Bengal's second Independent (sic) day. She said of the CPM: "Woh jab power mein rahata hai bodmaishi karta hai, aur jab nahin rahata hai tab bhi bodmaishi karta hai."
Haha!
"Mera to zindagi barbaad kkar diya thha," added the impulsive, politically incorrect leader.

1.50 pm: Will Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee go back to writing plays and poetry now that he will have more time on his hands? We hope so.

1.30pm: Tweet time
fakingnews: Lalu Yadav has just joined Trinamool Congress, hoping to be Railways Minister again

1.21 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hands over his resignation. Thus ends the 34-year Left rule in Bengal. All eyes on Mamata now. Sources tell us she will take oath on May 18.

1.04 pm: Didi's fact box
The Left are all set to lose 157 seats that they had won in 2006. The TMC is set to gain 162 seats from last time.

1.03 pm: Slightly radical views coming in from Murali Gopy aka Cheta
Mamata Banerjee can finally switch from her "Ekla Cholo Re" to the more relaxing tunes of Rabindra Sangeet. It is sweet revenge. But will this be the start of an anarchic epoch? Will Maoists now have an official address in India? Will Blood replace Red?Will the Draupadi of Bengal ask for the intestines of the CPM, in addition to its deathly screams? Will Rahul Gandhi take a bike rally to the forbidden fortress of the East?

12.55 pm: Joke of the day: Chandan Mitra of the BJP says his party "will play the role of an opposition in Bengal." And how are they going to do that without a single seat?

12.50 pm: Can we stand for a moment and admire the fact that Mamata Banerjee will be the first woman chief minister of West Bengal, a fact now confirmed by one of her senior leaders on national television?

12.45 pm: Didi asks Does one feel a tinge of regret that the world's longest standing Communist government finally fell? Maybe the whole concept of Communism if flawed at one level. Maybe we should ask Castro what he thinks of it.

12.35 pm: TMC's Saugata Roy feels "emanicipated after 34 years of strong Stalinist Communist rule." He also assures the people of the state that there will be no violence from TMC's side at least.

12.31 pm: The BJP has not been able to get the single seat it usually gets, this time. Why did they not make inroads into the state? It was an opportunity staring in the eye!

12.20 pm: Derek O'Brien tweets: The one traffic light in the world that was red for 34 years, just turned green in Bengal

12.06 pm: Mamata dedicates victory to the people of her motherland and mentions Sonia and the prime minister in her victory speech

11.58 am: Where will Bengal's new chief minister live? The offficial residence, Indira Bhavan, where Jyoti Basu breathed his last, is all set to be converted to a memorial. Buddha operated out of his low income group flat for the last 10 years. Will Mamata also slum it out? Or is a grand CM's residence in the offing?

11.55 am: Didi asks So let's ask the biggest question now. Will Mamata Banerjee be able to resist the temptation to be Bengal's chief minister? Most would say the answer is no. Then who becomes railway minister? We'll have to wait and watch.

11.54 am: Mamata Banerjee's first reaction after victory to the TMC website: "We are humbled. We are thankful. This is a victory for 'Maa Mati Manush'."

11.39 am: Actress and first time contestant Debasree Roay all set to defeat Left heavyweight Kanti Ganguly

11.37 am: West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to quit after high-level meet. The end of an era forthe Left Front.

11.30 am: Left concedes defeat; Somnath Chatterjee says CPM misread people of Bengal

11.25 am: Time for some poll Tweets:

Balakumar: Today is the 10th death anniversary of R K Narayan. How apt that "Swamy and his (AIADMK) Friends" are the talking point in TN.

Pragmatic D: It was a tragedy that Laloo could not do to Bihar what he did to Railways. It'll be a tragedy if Mamata does to Bengal what she did to Rlys.

Pritish Nandy: Interesting to note that Congress is part of the winning team, in however small a role, in 4 out of the 5 victories.

MS Narain: Q: How many DMK MPs will be needed to change a light bulb? A: Sorry.. but they're all in Tihar.

Madras Chap: Kalaignar TV stops all election coverage, plays "Maan Aada, Mayil Aada

11.15 am: News of the day: CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee trailing in Jadavpur behind little known ManishGupta

11.08 am: Pritish Nandy tweets: A TMC supporter wants Writers Building to be painted green!

11.07 am: Like father, like son. Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit, a first timer in politics, leads in Naihati

11.00 am: Out for a short tea break and as I come back I realise the lead is quite remarkable for AIADMK. The battle is on, you will have to say. No, not between Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi but between 'Amma' and 'Didi' as to who will win the polls with a better margin. Mamata Banerjee's TMC has 216 to left's 67 at this moment, which translates to nearly 70% margin and Jayalalitha's AIADMK has 187 to DMK's 39, which translates to nearly 75%. It sure looks like 'Indian Women's day' today

10.53 am: TMC leader Partho Chatterjee says it is time to rebuild Bengal. Hmm, they are starting with building a massive stage at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata for Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in!

10.47 am: Did Congress just take the credit for TMC rout in Bengal? Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary says Mamata's win is a result of Cong-TMC teamwork!

10.36 am: This one from Twitter
"2009 was a vote againt the Left... this time it is FOR Mamata"

10.05 am: Kolkata a sea of green as Mamata Banerjee prepares to take over the Chief Minister's seat.

9.50 am: Anna on Women Power! Amma and Didi are turning it on this time around. Just a short while ago, we had thought Amma would be happy with a simple majority unlike Didi who is heading for a landslide one. Leads coming in now are pointing to a humongous win for Jayalalitha. AIADMK is leading in 79 constituencies and DMK in just 33. Seems, the 2G effect is there to see.

9.48 am: TMC workers break out in celebration at Mamata Banerjee's Kalighat house with their trademark green gulal.

9.41 am: Didi making our mouths water! Mamata Banerjee always served delectable piping hot samosas during press conferences at her house in Kalighat. Will PC food take a turn for the gourmet once she becomes CM? One hopes not.

9.35 am: Didi's observation The tally is religiously sticking to exit polls. The TMC is leading in close to 140 seats, and the Left in just over 50.

9.30 am: Former Speaker and CPIM leader Somnath Chatterjee concedes TMC holds the edge and is set to win the elections.

9.25 am: Senior TMC leader Saugata Roy says the people of the state have rejected the CPM and the Left Front. Rubbing it in after, we say, after TMC takes the lead.

9.20 am: If the Trinamool wins, Mamata Banerjee wants to take oath at Brigade Parade Grounds instead of the governor's residence,the Raj Bhawan, so that an overwhelming crowd can be accommodated to witness the ceremony.

9.10 am: Exciting views from Didi: Will it be finance minister Asim Dasgupta or FICCI heavyweight Amit Mitra from Khardah? Mitra might just have the edge, and a post of the new finance minister waiting for him as well. Dasgupta is trailing, by the way, and looks to lose after 5 wins on the trot.

If all goes well, Sabeer Bhatia may end up becoming the IT minister of Bengal. You heard it here first!

9.05 am: TMC ahead of Left in first hour of counting. Sign of things to come?

9.03 am: Didi's point So trends are pouring in and exit polls seem to have won first round. Right now, TMC-Congress seem to be leading in 20 of the 30 seats that are ebing counted. But it's too early to say anything yet.

9.01 am: TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi says Mamaya Banerjee will emerge victorious in a matter of hours. Onthe other hand, CPM's Nilotpal Basu predicts that the people will once again vote for the Left.

8.45 am: Trivia from Didi 2.0 Swagata Sen

The youngest candidate this elections is a 25-year-old student, Shatarup Ghosh, who is pitted against Trinamool heavyweight Javed Khan at the Kasba constituency. The total money he had at the time of filing his nomination papers was Rs 308.90 - Rs 250 in hand and Rs 58.90 in the bank.

8.40 am: TMC leaders are huddled in the party office as counting starts

8.15 am: Left chairman Biman Bose confident of victory; "Will win by 2006 margin"

7.45 am: Finally that hour is here. Today, any which way you look at it, history is in the making. In a few minutes, the counting in the five states which went to polls in the greater part of the last two months will begin. One of the most awaited results is in Bengal, where Mamata is set to end more than three decades of Left's rule. Truly momentous. Fasten your seat belts. We bring you live coverage, as the events unfolds.

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13/05/2011

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, Assembly Poll Results 2011

It's Friday, the 13th, and the numbers have spoken. Mamata Banerjee's TMC will sit at Writers' Building, ending 34 years of Left rule in Bengal. DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has bowed to arch-rival J Jayalalithaa who is headed for a landslide win in Tamil Nadu. Tarun Gogoi will remain CM in Assam, and the winds of change have swept across Kerala.

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, Assembly Poll Results 2011

All right, that's it. It's been a very interesting day. One regime has fallen and another has returned. The most riled political party of recent times, the Congress, has stormed to victory in one state and scraped through another.

I hope you all have enjoyed this continuous coverage. On behalf of contributors Shankar Raj, Rajesh Vishwanathan, Raj Narayan, E Jayakrishnan, Swagata Sen and Murali Gopy, this is Dipankar Paul signing off.

Go to
West Bengal | Tamil Nadu | Kerala | Assam, Puducherry and Kadapa | Results Table

Live Blog: Friday, the 13th, West Bengal Assembly Poll Results 2011

Write to us and tell us what you think. Or air your views on the MSN forum. Is Mamata Banerjee the ideal chief ministerial candidate? Will she bring Bengal back on track?

4 pm: Nepal is taking lessons from the Left rout in Bengal. The country's ruling Left government said communists all over South Asia should heed the lesson taught by the debacle of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's government.

2.30 pm: It's official. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost his seat and is only the second chief minister inBengal's history to lose an assembly seat. Prafulla Sen, the third chief minister of Bengal, was the first to lose.

1.53 pm: Mamata calls this Bengal's second Independent (sic) day. She said of the CPM: "Woh jab power mein rahata hai bodmaishi karta hai, aur jab nahin rahata hai tab bhi bodmaishi karta hai."
Haha!
"Mera to zindagi barbaad kkar diya thha," added the impulsive, politically incorrect leader.

1.50 pm: Will Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee go back to writing plays and poetry now that he will have more time on his hands? We hope so.

1.30pm: Tweet time
fakingnews: Lalu Yadav has just joined Trinamool Congress, hoping to be Railways Minister again

1.21 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hands over his resignation. Thus ends the 34-year Left rule in Bengal. All eyes on Mamata now. Sources tell us she will take oath on May 18.

1.04 pm: Didi's fact box
The Left are all set to lose 157 seats that they had won in 2006. The TMC is set to gain 162 seats from last time.

1.03 pm: Slightly radical views coming in from Murali Gopy aka Cheta
Mamata Banerjee can finally switch from her "Ekla Cholo Re" to the more relaxing tunes of Rabindra Sangeet. It is sweet revenge. But will this be the start of an anarchic epoch? Will Maoists now have an official address in India? Will Blood replace Red?Will the Draupadi of Bengal ask for the intestines of the CPM, in addition to its deathly screams? Will Rahul Gandhi take a bike rally to the forbidden fortress of the East?

12.55 pm: Joke of the day: Chandan Mitra of the BJP says his party "will play the role of an opposition in Bengal." And how are they going to do that without a single seat?

12.50 pm: Can we stand for a moment and admire the fact that Mamata Banerjee will be the first woman chief minister of West Bengal, a fact now confirmed by one of her senior leaders on national television?

12.45 pm: Didi asks Does one feel a tinge of regret that the world's longest standing Communist government finally fell? Maybe the whole concept of Communism if flawed at one level. Maybe we should ask Castro what he thinks of it.

12.35 pm: TMC's Saugata Roy feels "emanicipated after 34 years of strong Stalinist Communist rule." He also assures the people of the state that there will be no violence from TMC's side at least.

12.31 pm: The BJP has not been able to get the single seat it usually gets, this time. Why did they not make inroads into the state? It was an opportunity staring in the eye!

12.20 pm: Derek O'Brien tweets: The one traffic light in the world that was red for 34 years, just turned green in Bengal

12.06 pm: Mamata dedicates victory to the people of her motherland and mentions Sonia and the prime minister in her victory speech

11.58 am: Where will Bengal's new chief minister live? The offficial residence, Indira Bhavan, where Jyoti Basu breathed his last, is all set to be converted to a memorial. Buddha operated out of his low income group flat for the last 10 years. Will Mamata also slum it out? Or is a grand CM's residence in the offing?

11.55 am: Didi asks So let's ask the biggest question now. Will Mamata Banerjee be able to resist the temptation to be Bengal's chief minister? Most would say the answer is no. Then who becomes railway minister? We'll have to wait and watch.

11.54 am: Mamata Banerjee's first reaction after victory to the TMC website: "We are humbled. We are thankful. This is a victory for 'Maa Mati Manush'."

11.39 am: Actress and first time contestant Debasree Roay all set to defeat Left heavyweight Kanti Ganguly

11.37 am: West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to quit after high-level meet. The end of an era forthe Left Front.

11.30 am: Left concedes defeat; Somnath Chatterjee says CPM misread people of Bengal

11.25 am: Time for some poll Tweets:

Balakumar: Today is the 10th death anniversary of R K Narayan. How apt that "Swamy and his (AIADMK) Friends" are the talking point in TN.

Pragmatic D: It was a tragedy that Laloo could not do to Bihar what he did to Railways. It'll be a tragedy if Mamata does to Bengal what she did to Rlys.

Pritish Nandy: Interesting to note that Congress is part of the winning team, in however small a role, in 4 out of the 5 victories.

MS Narain: Q: How many DMK MPs will be needed to change a light bulb? A: Sorry.. but they're all in Tihar.

Madras Chap: Kalaignar TV stops all election coverage, plays "Maan Aada, Mayil Aada

11.15 am: News of the day: CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee trailing in Jadavpur behind little known ManishGupta

11.08 am: Pritish Nandy tweets: A TMC supporter wants Writers Building to be painted green!

11.07 am: Like father, like son. Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit, a first timer in politics, leads in Naihati

11.00 am: Out for a short tea break and as I come back I realise the lead is quite remarkable for AIADMK. The battle is on, you will have to say. No, not between Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi but between 'Amma' and 'Didi' as to who will win the polls with a better margin. Mamata Banerjee's TMC has 216 to left's 67 at this moment, which translates to nearly 70% margin and Jayalalitha's AIADMK has 187 to DMK's 39, which translates to nearly 75%. It sure looks like 'Indian Women's day' today

10.53 am: TMC leader Partho Chatterjee says it is time to rebuild Bengal. Hmm, they are starting with building a massive stage at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata for Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in!

10.47 am: Did Congress just take the credit for TMC rout in Bengal? Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary says Mamata's win is a result of Cong-TMC teamwork!

10.36 am: This one from Twitter
"2009 was a vote againt the Left... this time it is FOR Mamata"

10.05 am: Kolkata a sea of green as Mamata Banerjee prepares to take over the Chief Minister's seat.

9.50 am: Anna on Women Power! Amma and Didi are turning it on this time around. Just a short while ago, we had thought Amma would be happy with a simple majority unlike Didi who is heading for a landslide one. Leads coming in now are pointing to a humongous win for Jayalalitha. AIADMK is leading in 79 constituencies and DMK in just 33. Seems, the 2G effect is there to see.

9.48 am: TMC workers break out in celebration at Mamata Banerjee's Kalighat house with their trademark green gulal.

9.41 am: Didi making our mouths water! Mamata Banerjee always served delectable piping hot samosas during press conferences at her house in Kalighat. Will PC food take a turn for the gourmet once she becomes CM? One hopes not.

9.35 am: Didi's observation The tally is religiously sticking to exit polls. The TMC is leading in close to 140 seats, and the Left in just over 50.

9.30 am: Former Speaker and CPIM leader Somnath Chatterjee concedes TMC holds the edge and is set to win the elections.

9.25 am: Senior TMC leader Saugata Roy says the people of the state have rejected the CPM and the Left Front. Rubbing it in after, we say, after TMC takes the lead.

9.20 am: If the Trinamool wins, Mamata Banerjee wants to take oath at Brigade Parade Grounds instead of the governor's residence,the Raj Bhawan, so that an overwhelming crowd can be accommodated to witness the ceremony.

9.10 am: Exciting views from Didi: Will it be finance minister Asim Dasgupta or FICCI heavyweight Amit Mitra from Khardah? Mitra might just have the edge, and a post of the new finance minister waiting for him as well. Dasgupta is trailing, by the way, and looks to lose after 5 wins on the trot.

If all goes well, Sabeer Bhatia may end up becoming the IT minister of Bengal. You heard it here first!

9.05 am: TMC ahead of Left in first hour of counting. Sign of things to come?

9.03 am: Didi's point So trends are pouring in and exit polls seem to have won first round. Right now, TMC-Congress seem to be leading in 20 of the 30 seats that are ebing counted. But it's too early to say anything yet.

9.01 am: TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi says Mamaya Banerjee will emerge victorious in a matter of hours. Onthe other hand, CPM's Nilotpal Basu predicts that the people will once again vote for the Left.

8.45 am: Trivia from Didi 2.0 Swagata Sen

The youngest candidate this elections is a 25-year-old student, Shatarup Ghosh, who is pitted against Trinamool heavyweight Javed Khan at the Kasba constituency. The total money he had at the time of filing his nomination papers was Rs 308.90 - Rs 250 in hand and Rs 58.90 in the bank.

8.40 am: TMC leaders are huddled in the party office as counting starts

8.15 am: Left chairman Biman Bose confident of victory; "Will win by 2006 margin"

7.45 am: Finally that hour is here. Today, any which way you look at it, history is in the making. In a few minutes, the counting in the five states which went to polls in the greater part of the last two months will begin. One of the most awaited results is in Bengal, where Mamata is set to end more than three decades of Left's rule. Truly momentous. Fasten your seat belts. We bring you live coverage, as the events unfolds.

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