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    Mamata rides waves of change, eyes CM's chair

    Kolkata: It's a crucial day for West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam.

    CNN-IBN, The Week post poll survey conducted by CSDS has shown West Bengal writing a chapter of Parivartan or Change this election with Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee emerging as the clear winner.

    Mamata Banerjee is expected to enter Writers Building, ending 34 years of Left rule.

    "People want me to be the Chief Minister...it's all in their hands," said Mamata Banerjee.

    According to the post poll survey, the Trinamool Congress is expected to win between 222 and 234 seats and the Left Front's tally is expected to come down to between 60 and 72 seats.

    It's a huge shift from 2006 when the Left Front secured a comfortable majority winning 235 seats and the Trinamool Congress, then in alliance with the BJP, managing just 31 seats.

    Even in popularity ratings, Mamata is way ahead of her rival Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. While Buddhadeb is the choice of 30 per cent people, Mamata's popularity rises up to 45 per cent.

    When asked the question, should the Left Govt be given another chance? Over 50 per cent people felt that the 34 year old Left Front government does not deserve another chance.

    All these lead to a situation where the Left is losing a huge 10 per cent vote since 2006 and the Trinamool Congress led combine is gaining 9 per cent votes. So in terms of vote share, the Left is likely to get 40 per cent votes and the Trinamool Congress combine is likely to get 50 per cent votes and Others are likely to get 10 per cent votes.

    The excitement over the palpable wave of change and unprecedented security arrangements have not only ensured peace in these long drawn polls of West Bengal but have also encouraged a higher voter turnout compared to previous years. Pundits feel those extra numbers have helped Mamata Banerjee more than the incumbent left and have improved her chances of occupying the Chief Minister's chair.