The Calcutta High Court on Friday began hearing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's petition against her recent Assembly election loss. A day earlier, the TMC supremo had moved the court challenging the results that saw BJP's Suvendu Adhikari emerge victorious. The hearing began
Initial reports had indicated a victory for the Chief Minister. But even as congratulatory messages poured in from various quarters, a clarification was issued. Former TMC leader turned BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari had won the fiercely contested seat for a second term. Banerjee contends that the Returning Officer in question had been threatened against recounting the votes.
"I received an SMS from someone wherein Returning Officer of Nandigram has written to someone if he allows recounting then his life would be under threat. For four hours the server was down. Governor also congratulated me. Suddenly everything changed. I will move court," she had assured earlier.
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