Second Innings for Mamata Banerjee as WB Chief Minister

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, May 27. Here she is seen with her party men during election campaign ~ File photo
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, May 27. Here she is seen with her party men during election campaign ~ File photo

KOLKATA (TIP): The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, May 27, thus beginning her second stint in the once-Left dominated State.

She had already submitted her recommendations on council of Ministers to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Forty-one ministers, including 17 new faces, were sworn in along with her in batches at a function at Red Road in Central Kolkata.

Her council of ministers include five Minister of States (Independent┬áCharge) and 8 Ministers of State (MOS). “There will be representation from all districts, except Malda. In Malda we don’t have any representation,” Ms. Banerjee had said. Darjeeling and Malda are the two districts where the Trinamool failed to open its account.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo attended Friday’s swearing- in ceremony.

On Thursday, her Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalithaa extended her good wishes to Ms. Banerjee.

Over 30,000 guests attended the event. Most of roads reaching central areas of the city were diverted resulting in traffic chaos as the cabinet is took oath in the main arterial road connecting south to central Kolkata.

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