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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today said the regional parties in their respective States still enjoy a political clout which is quite clear from the just announced Bengal poll results.

The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) secured a landslide victory and is all set to form government for third consecutive term even as a resurgent BJP, which pressed all its heavyweights including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and poll strategists Amit Shah into service, failed to hit the target as set earlier.

It is evident from the results that people still have trust on the regional parties, BJD vice president Debi Prasad Mishra said.
“Mamata Banarjee-led TMC’s victory in Bengal was a remarkable poll result as the Bengal citizens have reposed faith in Mamata once again. The results indicate that the regional parties have a strong base and presence in the state. The wave of central parties works to some extent in parliamentary elections, but in the Assembly polls, things see just the opposite,” Mishra added.

The result has got a country wide ramification, Mishra said.

Congress termed the BJP’s poll debacle as a big setback. Party MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati said. “The almighty has given a big blow to BJP to destroy its ego. The BJP would have created a jungle raj in Bengal had it come to power.”

The BJP, on the other hand, expressed satisfaction with its performance.

“The Bengal results are satisfactory for us. Though, we failed to hit the target what we had set earlier. But, our vote share and number of seats have substantially increased,” BJP national spokesperson and MP Aparajita Sarangi said.

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