Sourav Ganguly (left) and Mamata Banerjee © PTI
Sourav Ganguly (left) and Mamata Banerjee © PTI

Former India captain and the head of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Sourav Ganguly on Thursday congratulated Mamata Banerjee for winning the West Bengal elections 2016. Mamata scored even a bigger victory this time around compared to the last time. Riding on the development plank, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress seems headed towards a landslide win in the state assembly polls. Trends available for all the 294 constituencies of the assembly showed the Trinamool was in the lead in 210 seats — well past the two-thirds majority mark of 196 — while its main contender Left-Congress alliance was virtually decimated with its candidates ahead in only 75 constituencies.

The Congress seemed to be doing better than the Left Front by leading in 40 constituencies — Left candidates were moving in the first position in 35. The BJP was ahead in six and its alliance partner Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in three, IANS reported.

The former India captain, who has cordial relations with the West Bengal chief minister, took to Twitter after a massive victory for Mamata. He wrote:

 

The Trinamool seemed to be sweeping away all opposition in all but two of the 20 districts in the eastern state. It was only in Malda and Murshidabad districts where the Left-Congress alliance candidates were doing well. In Murshidabad, the alliance was in the forefront in 18 of the 22 seats, while in Malda it led in eight of the 11 constituencies.