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Even Bigger This Time Around: Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal Result

After an acrimonious campaign that saw her party confronting allegations of corruption, Mamata Banerjee today showed her rivals just who is the "Didi" in West Bengal by scoring an even bigger margin of victory than the previous polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate her on phone as her party emerged as the clear winner in trends during counting. "I thank the common people of Bengal. People understood the opposition's lies," Ms Banerjee said at a press conference.

In the build-up to the polls, the Trinamool was mired in allegations of corruption, with the twin scandals of "Narada" and "Sarada" engulfing her partymen. But the party looked set to win an even bigger majority than in 2012, when it stormed to power after ending over three decades of Left rule.

As victory seemed certain in early trends, the Chief Minister, who had avoided public appearances in the past few days, came out of her Kolkata home for the first time this morning to flash the victory sign at her supporters.

The BJP and its ally were leading in an impressive 10 seats. Besides the prime minister, Ms Banerjee also thanked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Amitabh Bachchan, who had congratulated her in tweets. Outside her home in Kolkata, her supporters screamed: "Thanda, thanda cool cool, ghore ghore Trinamool (Trinamool in every home)."

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