West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her gratitude to the people of the state for bringing her government to power seven years ago on 13 May.
Posting a message of thanks on Twitter, the Trinamool Congress chief recalled the day when her party defeated the Left Front in a historic election that had a tremendous impact on India’s political scene.
“On this day in 2011, the people of #Bengal reposed their faith on @AITCofficial and put an end to 34 years of CPI(M) rule,” she wrote.
“I bow to Maa, Mati, Manush on this occasion,” added the 63-year-old CM signing off with the hashtag #SevenYearsOfPoriborton.
“Maa, Mati, Manush”, Bengali for ‘Mother, Land and People’, was Banerjee’s clarion call during the 2011 elections.
On 13 May 2011, the Trinamool Congress chief scripted history by breaking the 34-year rule of the Left Front in West Bengal.
Drawing energy from the Singur and Nandigram agitations, Banerjee’s powerful campaign pulled the rug from under the feet of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
From 30 seats in the 2006 elections, TMC, along with UPA allies, went on to win 227 seats of the 294-seat Bengal assembly in 2011 virtually smashing the CPI(M) in what was then the party’s strongest bastion.
Five years later, in 2016, TMC contested on its own and won 211 seats further reducing the numbers of the Left Front.