Kolkata: After its landslide victory which toppled the 34-year-old Left Front government, the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party has decided to meet here on Sunday during which Mamata Banerjee is set to elect the party’s new leader.

"The meeting of the newly-elected MLAs of the Trinamool Congress will be held here on Sunday to elect the leader”, party general secretary Mukul Roy said on Saturday.

Party insiders said that the meeting will elect Mamata Banerjee as its leader.

The party won 184 of the 294 seats and its ally Congress 42.

Banerjee, the Railway Minister, who spearheaded the alliance's resounding victory, met West Bengal Governor M K Narayan on Friday after the alliance secured a three fourths majority.

Asked who would take over as Railway Minister after she takes charge as Chief Minister, Banerjee said since the Trinamool had only one cabinet berth, she thought that the party would be allowed to retain the portfolio.

Mamata’s victory brings hopes for NRIs

Mamata’s victory saw celebrations not only in India but abroad as well. Hailing Mamata Banerjee's historic victory Bengali NRIs in Canada wanted industrialisation of the state to top her agenda.

Toronto-based Molly Banerjei said, “People in West Bengal have voted against decades-old corruption and oppression. They have voted for hope and a brighter future. They have voted for change. Her biggest challenge will be in attracting industry back to West Bengal.''

However, she struck a note of warning to Mamata. “It will be prudent of her not to take her voters for granted. They want to see results.”

Jay Sarkar, president and chairman of Sartrex Corporation, said, “It is about time. West Bengal needed a change and change has occurred. The new government must move swiftly to ensure people's concerns are heard.”

He said Mamata 'must work for new ideas, innovation and creativity in order to move West Bengal out of the dark and bring energy to the people.

“I wanted to set up an industry in West Bengal and am still working towards that. But I was afraid of the situation in West Bengal.  Hopefully, the situation may be better for industry now.”

Tapan Sen, an IT professional who came to Canada 28 years ago, said he welcomed the change of guard at Writers' Building, but was skeptical about Mamata's vision for the state.

For Rathin Ghose, who left West Bengal 50 years ago to settle here, more than three decades of CPM rule have 'ruined West Bengal.'

Recounting the 'damage' inflicted on the state by CPM rule, Ghose said “Because of corruption under CPM rule, all industries fled from the state. All airlines used to touch Bengal, but they too left.”

(Agencies)