At 12.42 pm, Mamata Banerjee stepped up on the dais at Red Road in Kolkata and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second consecutive time. She was administered the oath by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at a star-studded ceremony.
The Trinamool Congress overcame allegations of corruption and mis-governance to not just register a win, but to significantly improve upon her tally in the 2011 assembly election.
Banerjee, the state's eighth chief minister and the first woman to occupy the post, took her oath in Bengali. She heads a 41-member ministry, which has 18 new faces.
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Among those present were Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Bangladesh industry minister Amir Hossain Amu, union ministers Arun Jaitley and Babul Supriyo, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
However, major opposition parties boycotted the swearing-in ceremony. Speaking to NDTV, one opposition member said that TMC members were behaving as "invaders" after winning the assembly election. BJP's Chandra Kumar Bose told NDTV that Mamata was behaving as TMC's CM and not West Bengal's chief minister. "This is not a swearing-in ceremony, it is like coronation of the queen," he said.
However, several prominent political leaders congratulated Mamata on her swearing-in.
Congratulations to @MamataOfficial ji on being sworn in as Chief Minister.My best wishes to her & the Cabinet for the term ahead
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Nitish Kumar, who attended the event, said, "Mamata's huge mandate is the result of the work she has done for the last five years."
The ceremony was moved out of the confines of the Governor House and out onto the streets so that aam janta might witness their Chief Minister and the new cabinet take the oath for a second term. The last time such a thing happened was in 1957 when Bidhan Chandra Roy began his second term as CM.
For the swearing-in, Mamata Banerjee created a stage (40ftx36ft) of the size of a tennis court along with artificial garden, flower beds, grassy lawsns and fountains bang on the middle of a road where Republic Day parades are held.
Other significant political leaders who attended were Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Akhilesh Yadav, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: May 27, 2016 01:48 pm | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 01:48 pm