Kolkata: As voting in the sixth and last phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal drew to a close on Thursday, both Trinamool Congress and Left-Congress alliance sounded confident of forming the next government in the state.
"After the six phases of polls, we can say that the formation of the next cabinet under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee is only a matter of time. The huge turnout in the polls is only the proof of people's support towards Mamata Banerjee and development," TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said.
CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra also exuded confidence that "people's alliance" will form the next government.
"The voting has been more or less peaceful, except in a few places. The EC and the central forces have played a positive role in ensuring free and fair elections. The people have resisted the attempt to create disturbance. The people's alliance will form the next government. The people have already voted in favour of it," Mishra said.
Senior state Congress leader and MP Pradip Bhattacharya too echoed Mishra's view.
"We thank the Election commission for conducting the poll in a free and fair manner. In a few places TMC has been successful in disturbing the poll process. The alliance will come to power in West Bengal and people have voted in favour of it," Bhattacharya told PTI.
State BJP leader Pratap Banerjee said BJP would play a decisive role after the results are announced and in case of a hung Assembly, BJP will extend support neither to the alliance nor the TMC.
"The BJP will play a decisive role after the results are announced and in case of a hung Assembly, BJP will side neither with the alliance nor with TMC," Banerjee said.