Mamata Banerjee was first elected to office in 2011, ending the Left Front’s 34-year reign in the state.

Kolkata Trinamool Congresswoman Mamata Banerjee is likely to be sworn in as West Bengal’s chief minister for the third time on May 5. Ms. Banerjee visited Raj Bhawan on Monday evening to submit her resignation to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Trinamool’s congressional president was first elected to office in 2011, ending the Left Front’s 34-year reign in the state. Ms. Banerjee was re-elected in 2016.

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Earlier today, newly elected MPs from Trinamool Congress unanimously elected party chairwoman Mamata Banerjee as party leader in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. A meeting of TMC lawmakers was held at Trinamool Congress headquarters in Calcutta where it was also announced that TMC lawmakers had elected outgoing House Speaker Biman Banerjee as interim speaker of the new Assembly . Newly elected MPs will be sworn in at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from May 6.

Speaking to reporters, Banerjee said her first priority would be tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. She also added that the decision to take the oath in the coming days is to ensure that the state government can make decisive decisions to contain the pandemic. Ms. Banerjee also reiterated her demand that the Center guarantee free universal immunization. Trinamool Congress President said the swearing-in ceremony will be a minimalist event. She announced that all journalists will be treated as COVID-19.

Together we can lead the battle for 2024

Ms. Banerjee thanked the people of West Bengal for “resisting the onslaught of the BJP”. “The backbone of the people of West Bengal is always straight and straight. Only women and young people can resist BJP, ”she said.

She was asked if the victory would mean she will play a major role in national politics, especially in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “I’m just a street fighter. I can only empower people so that we can fight BJP. You can’t do it all alone. It is a collective family and collectively if we can make a decision, there are so many political parties and so many people that we are in contact. All together, we can lead the battle for 2024, ”said Ms. Banerjee.

When asked if there was a possibility of a Bengali prime minister, she said that by now everyone should be fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trinamool Congress President said leaders across the country including Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray, Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called her to congratulate her on her victory. Ms Banerjee added that she had not received any phone calls from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.