Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Wednesday. She received the oath of office from the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar. This is the third consecutive time that Ms. Banerjee has assumed the post of Chief Minister of West Bengal.
In the recently concluded West Bengal Assembly election, the Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the Assembly of 294 member states. Party vote share also reached a record high of 47.9%. Elected TMC lawmakers unanimously elected Ms Banerjee to lead
“I want to thank all the people of the state, Maa, Maati Manus of West Bengal. There were many in the country and around the world who had their eyes set on West Bengal, ”she said after taking the oath of office as Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Mamata calls for peace
Ms Banerjee said her priority will be the first priority will be to contain the COVID crisis. The Chief Minister also called for peace and an end to the post-election violence.
“I will call on all political parties to keep the peace. Make sure there is no violence. West Bengal doesn’t like violence and I don’t support violence, ”she said. Ms Banerjee added that for three months the administration was working under the instructions of the Election Commission and some inefficiency crept in. “I’m going to do a new set-up,” she said, indicating a bureaucratic reshuffle.
Governor Dhankhar expressed the hope that governance in the state “will comply with the Constitution and the rule of law”. Describing the chief minister as his younger sister, he said it’s not very often that someone is elected chief minister for the third time in a row. The Governor also urged the Chief Minister to take measures to contain the post-election violence.
“The violence after the ballot is antithetical to democracy,” he said, adding that the chief minister will take steps to “ensure that those who are injured (in the violence) receive emergency relief” . Mr. Dhankhar also advised Ms. Banerjee to take into account the principles of “cooperative federalism”. The Chief Minister left for the Secretary of State (Nabanna building) after the swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony which took place at 10:45 a.m. was a brief event considering restrictions due to the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic. Only 50 guests were allowed to attend the ceremony. No other minister was sworn in at the event today. The guest list included key Congressional leaders from Trinamool, including MP Abhishek Banerjee and poll strategist Prashant Kishore. Former West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee, TMC General Secretary Partha Chatterjee, senior leaders like Subrata Mukherjee and Saugata Roy were present at the event.
West Bengal BJP chairman Dilip Ghosh did not attend the event to protest the post-election violence against party supporters.