LIVE: In a star-studded event, Mamata Banerjee sworn in as West Bengal chief minister

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LIVE: In a star-studded event, Mamata Banerjee sworn in as West Bengal chief minister
  • 13:48 (IST)

    Challenges ahead for Mamata

    With West Bengal facing huge debt burden, Mamata Banerjee faces an uphill to steer the state's economy on the growth path and create an atmosphere to attract investments and spur industrial growth.

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Only 40 women MLAs in the state Assembly

    The new 294-member state assembly, unfortunately, will have only 40 women MLAs, of which 29 are from TMC, four from Congress, six from CPM and one from Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). Besides Banerjee, there is only one more woman minister, Shashi Panja, who has been re-elected this time.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Cabinet to have 17 new faces 

    According to TMC sources, young faces in the state cabinet, numbered at 17, include Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who might be considered as a Minister of State, Kolkata Mayor Shovan Chatterjee, Abani Mohan Joarder, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Suvendu Adhikari, Rabindranath Ghosh, Chudamani Mahalo, James Kujur, Siddikullah Choudhury, Asima Patra, Ghulam Rabbani, Zakir Hossain, Sandhya Rani Tudu, Indranil Sen, Tapan Dasgupta and B Hansda.

  • 13:12 (IST)

    Delhi and UP Chief Ministers attend ceremony 

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Delhi and UP Chief Ministers attend ceremony 

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok G Raju, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay at Mamata Banerjee's oath ceremony

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  • 12:57 (IST)

    Challenges for Mamata and her government

    Mamata Banerjee made a significant improvement in her tally from the previous assembly election, when she had made electoral history. But for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, the battle has only just begun.

    Mamata Banerjee had focused on a slew of welfare measures in her campaign for re-election in the state. Her poll promises, which were reminiscent of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, were those of rice for Rs 2 a kilo, free bicycles for girls and healthcare. However, much like Tamil Nadu, her welfare measures will have to weighed in the context of a dire fiscal position.


    As an article by Gouri Chatterjee on Firstpost points out, West Bengal politics has been marked by political violence for a long time now. This  characteristic had acquired even more prominence during the 34 years of communist rule in the state. However, in its five years in power, the TMC has also faced serious charges of political violence during elections as well as at other times. After a CPM polling agent was killed and four party workers were injured in April, the CPM alleged that the TMC was unleashing a "reign of terror" in the state.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    'TMC acting as invaders'

    Major Opposition parties in the state have boycotted the oath-taking ceremony of Mamata owing to the violence perpetrated by the Trinamool party members. 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 CM. "This is not a swearing-in ceremony, it is like coronation of the queen."

  • 12:47 (IST)

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Ministers to take oath in groups

    Mamata Banerjee has capped her new cabinet at 42 (including her) at the moment, two short of the permitted 44. But the Bengal Chief Minister seems to have taken a leaf out of her Tamil Nadu counterpart Jayalalitha's book and her ministers, in a departure from tradition, will be taking oath in groups of 8 or 10.

    They will be clustered on the basis of language with some taking oath in English, some in Bangla and others in Urdu and Hindi.

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Swearing-in ceremony begins 

    At exactly 12.42 pm, Mamata Banerjee stepped up on the dais and on being administered the oath by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, swore for the second consecutive term as West Bengal Chief Minister.

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Sourav spotted among VVIPs as grand ceremony starts

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, actor Rituparna Sengupta were among the clutch of dignitaries to have already taken their seats as the grand swearing-in ceremony for Mamata Banerjee's second innings as Chief Minister began on Friday.


    The TMC chief has already reached the venue and is expected to take the oath around 12.30pm. More than 19000 chairs have already been occupied and thousands more have lined up on both sides of the main Red Road stretch.


    Local artists have arrived, ready to showcase the unique variations in the state's cultural tradition.

    - Sreemoy Talukdar

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar arrived at the NSC Bose airport to attend the grand event where Mamata and her cabinet members will be sworn in. 

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien tweets: 

  • 12:14 (IST)

    This is recognition for Mamata's work: Nitish Kumar 
    "Mamata's huge mandate is the result of the work she has done for the last five years," Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, here to attend Mamata Banerjee and her Cabinet's swearing-in ceremony, said on his arrival at the NSC Bose Airport in Kolkata on Friday. 
    "Congratulations to her and the people of Bengal for electing her", Kumar said.
    RJD chief Lalu Yadav and Uttar Pradesh CM have also landed in the city.

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Left, Congress to boycott event

    State Congress general secretary OP Mishra said the Congress will boycott Mamata Banerjee government's swearing-in ceremony as a mark of protest. The Left too has threatened not to attend the ceremony. 

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Elaborate security arrangement made

    An elaborate security arrangement has been made for Mamata Banerjee's swearing-in ceremony. Around 1,000 policemen has been deployed on Red Road, the venue for the ceremony.  "Around 40 senior officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioner will be present at the venue. Plainclothesmen will also be present at the site," the IPS officer said.
    The Disaster Management unit of Kolkata Police, three units of QRT, four HRFS would be present too, he said.

  • 11:47 (IST)

    State BJP to boycott ceremony

    The West Bengal unit of the BJP have decided to boycott swearing-in of Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister in protest against the post-poll violence. “When our workers are being attacked throughout the state, how can we join the swearing-in ceremony?” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said. Among the Union ministers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to attend the ceremony. 

  • 11:37 (IST)

    Star-studded event

    Apart from political heavyweights, Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan have been invited for the ceremony. Former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is also likely to attend. 

    In fact, Sourav will be seated in the VVIP section.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Heavyweight ministers like Amit Mitra, Firhad Hakim in the Cabinet

    The heavyweight ministers in Mamata Banerjee's first Cabinet formed five years ago — Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Jyotipriyo Mullick, Purnendu Bose, Bratya Basu, Gautam Deb — have also retained their berths.
    Others who will continue include prominent faces like Jawed Ahmed Khan, Sadhan Pandey, Aroop Roy, Moloy Ghatak, Rajib Banerjee and Shashi Panja.
    Those who have been dropped this time despite retaining their seats in the recent Assembly polls are Becharam Manna, Rabindranath Bhattacharya, Haider Aziz Safwi, Rachpal Singh, Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Pundarikakkya Saha and Sukumar Hansda.

  • 11:19 (IST)

    17 new faces in the Cabinet

    The strength of the ministry would be 42, including the chief minister, Banerjee announced on Thursday, after submitting the list to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan. The ministry's fresh entrants include former Marxist-turned-Trinamool Congress lawmaker Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Suvendu Adhikary, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Churamoni Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, Siddiqullah Chowdhury and Asima Patra.
    Two retired IPS officers Abani Joardar and James Kujur, Gulam Rabbani, Bachchu Hansda, Jakir Hossain, Sandhyarani Tudu, Shaymal Santra and Rabindranath Ghosh are the other new induction.

  • 11:18 (IST)

    42 ministers to take oath

    The strength of the ministry would be 42, including the chief minister, Banerjee announced on Thursday, after submitting the list to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan. The ministry's fresh entrants include former Marxist-turned-Trinamool Congress lawmaker Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Suvendu Adhikary, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Churamoni Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, Siddiqullah Chowdhury and Asima Patra.
    Two retired IPS officers Abani Joardar and James Kujur, Gulam Rabbani, Bachchu Hansda, Jakir Hossain, Sandhyarani Tudu, Shaymal Santra and Rabindranath Ghosh are the other new induction.

  • 11:12 (IST)

    Political bigwigs to attend event

    Apart from Tobgay, Bangladesh Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Babul Supriyo, Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah have already confirmed their presence in the ceremony, said Banerjee.

  • 11:10 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee to take oath today

    Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and noted singer Indranil Sen will be among 18 new faces to be sworn in as ministers as Mamata Banerjee takes oath again as West Bengal Chief Minister on Friday in the presence of a galaxy of political heavyweights led by Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee will take oath on Friday as the next Chief Minister of West Bengal along with 41 party MLAs as ministers in the new cabinet in the state Assembly. The swearing-in ceremony will start at around 11 am.

Mamata Banerjee. FIle photo. PTI

Mamata Banerjee. FIle photo. PTI


Banerjee on Thursday met state Governor KN Tripathi and submitted the list of MLAs who will take oath on Friday at the gala swearing-in ceremony to be held on prestigious Red Road. Among the 41 MLAs there will be 17 new faces.

Mamata Banerjee has created a stage (40ftx36ft) of the size of a tennis court along with artificial garden, flower beds, grassy lawns and fountains bang on the middle of a road where Republic Day parades are held.

The Red Road, which is only a stone's throw away from Raj Bhavan and connects important city addresses like Fort William where the Army is headquartered, the state assembly and the high court, is now covered with around 19,000 chairs stretching up to Mayo Road. The first 1,000 is reserved for special guests. The rest will go to whoever is fittest. Kolkata's famous Maidan, the grassy fields adjoining the Red Road, will be carpeted to accommodate even more people.

The main stage where the CM and her ministers will take their oath will be flanked by two more stages. The one on its right will have ivory sofas for VVIP dignitaries and on the left, the stage with green chairs will be for 42 ministers.

The backstage, not open for public, is a huge hangar flown in from Germany which will serve as the air-conditioned VVIP lounge with an area for schmoozing and high tea. It is tastefully adorned with subdued, modern lighting. Two offices — one for the CM and one for her chief secretary — have been erected on the backstage which will also be linked to mobile toilets.

The main stage will have a montage of images and models with ma, maati, manush as the motif.


The road leading from Mamata Banerjee's residence in Kalighat to the Red Road has been decorated with huge cutouts of the CM, party flags and flowers. Three-tier security is in place with over 5,000 cops, 100 CCTV units, nine redio flying squads, watch towers and drones.

There will be giant screens at different locations so that people at the remotest area may witness the proceedings.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: May 27, 2016 01:34 pm | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 01:48 pm



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