Mamata Banerjee takes oath as Bengal Chief Minister for 3rd time

Mamata Banerjee took oath today as Bengal Chief Minister for the third time after a remarkable victory in the just-concluded assembly election.

The rest of the cabinet and the council of ministers will be sworn in on May 9, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

The oath ceremony took place with Covid protocols in place at the “Throne Room” at the Raj Bhavan. Where, she appeared in her trademark white Sari and shawl, took oath in Bengali.

Mamata Banerjee won a landslide victory in the Bengal election to secure a third straight term. The Trinamool won 213 of 292 seats while its strongest rival, BJP, finished second with 77 seats.

She said her first priority was to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. “I will go to Nabanna now and hold a meeting about the measures we are taking about this crisis. I will hold a press conference at 3 pm and let you know what measures we are taking,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee also said: “My second priority is to tackle law and order in the state. I appeal to all political parties to refrain from any sort of violence. I will be posting special officers to handle the situation… We will handle the situation sternly.”

Banerjee will head to her office Nabanna, where she will be given a guard of honour by the Kolkata Police.