Kolkata: Buoyed by Trinamool Congress victory in the Howrah Lok Sabha bye-election in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her party did not require Congress and through their verdict, people have given a message to go it alone.
"Congress requires us. We don`t need Congress. The people in Howrah have given the message that we should go alone. Our victory reflected the mahajot (grand alliance) of people against all immoral alliance. Our`s was a solo fight. It ushered in a new arithmetic, a new chapter," Banerjee told reporters after TMC candidate Prasun Banerjee`s victory.
In the bye-election to the Jangipur Lok Sabha seat, which was vacated by Pranab Mukherjee, TMC did not field its candidate, "but Congress had fielded its candidate in Howrah," she said.
Pranab Mukherjee`s son Abhijit Mukherjee had won Jangipur by a slender margin. Coming to the bye-elections in other states, Banerjee said, "Congress is zero everywhere. Left also has no existence. If I understand politics, the bypoll result also indicate that despite hobnobbing with Congress, Left will be zero."