Ready to give BJP issue-based support, says Mamata Banerjee

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Kolkata, May 19: Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that although her party has an ideological difference with the BJP and doesn't support the latter, she is open to supporting it on any issue that concerns people.

Banerjee said this in a press conference soon after it was clear that her party was set to sweep this year's Assembly election. The TMC went on to win 211 of 294 seats while the Left-Congress alliance failed to deliver and could muster just 75 seats.

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The BJP also produced their best-ever performance in Bengal by grabbing three seats. In 1952, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh---predecessor of today's BJP---got nine seats in Bengal.

Meanwhile, Surjya Kanta Mishra, the Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing Assembly, alleged that the TMC and BJP worked hand in gloves in this election. The state secretary of the CPI(M), who himself lost from Narayangarh, said such an understanding was made in a number of seats like Kharagpur Sadar, where BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh emerged victorious.

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