Kolkata: Riding high on poll result victory, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, on Friday described the massive mandate for her party as 'miracle and magic'. Mamata who is all set to take over reins in West Bengal, however blamed the 'attitude' of ministers for the defeat of Left Front.

"It is a miracle and magic result. Our slogan was for change and not revenge and it will be maintained," Banerjee told a group of journalists at her Kalighat residence.

Attributing the defeat of quite a number of Left Front ministers to 'their audacious attitude', Banerjee said "CPI(M) is totally finished in the state.

"From Mangalkot to Bally, CPI(M) is nowhere to be found," she said.

Speaking about the state's financial condition she said it was dismal and that there was Rs two lakh crore debt. "Our priority is to set it right."

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Cong, SUCI invited for government

Mamata requested party allies Congress and Left opposition Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), to join her government.

"I request Congress and SUCI to join our government," Banerjee told a group of journalists at her Kalighat residence.

While Congress contested 65 seats and SUCI 19, the former so far secured 27 and were leading in 14 seats. SUCI has so far won one seat.

In New Delhi, Congress leader and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee however, said the party had not taken any decision in power sharing in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, SUCI said that people had given a clear mandate against the "atrocities of CPI(M) in last 35 years".

TMC would like to retain Railways

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said that her party would like to retain the Railway ministry.

"Prime Minister will take a decision. I will be meeting him and the Congress president Sonia Gandhi soon," Banerjee told a group of journalists here.

Banerjee, who is the Railway minister, said that she would like the Trinamool Congress to retain the Railway ministry "as we have only one cabinet berth".

"We have achieved a lot in the railway ministry and have done a lot of good for the people. As such, we have a legitimate claim over the Railway ministry," she said.

Didi meets Governor

Mamata called on Governor M K Narayanan at Raj Bhavan on Friday evening to formally stake claim to form government in West Bengal.

Armed with a massive majority and inflicting a crushing defeat on the ruling Left Front, Trinamool Congress is all set to form the next government in the state.

Earlier, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee stepped down as chief minister and submitted resignation of his council of ministers to the Governor.
   
JPN/Agencies