Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee was sworn in for a second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the head of a 42-member Council of Ministers in Kolkata on Friday.
Mamata Banerjee begins her second term as West Bengal CM
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee was sworn in for a second consecutive term as the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the head of a 42-member Council of Ministers here today.
Ms. Banerjee, 61, and the 41 other ministers, including 18 new faces, were administered the oaths of office and secrecy by Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi at a function on the Red Road.
The TMC chief had led her party to a resounding win in the April-May elections to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, bagging 211 seats in the 294-member House.
The 18 new faces in the Council of Ministers are Suvendu Adhikari, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Churamoni Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, Asima Patra, Indranil Sen, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shyamal Santra, Golam Rabbani, Siddikullah Chowdhury, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Jakir Hossain, James Kujur, Rabindra Nath Ghosh, Sandhyarani Tudu, Abani Joardar, Bachchu Hansda and Sovan Chatterjee. Mr. Chatterjee is the mayor of Kolkata.
Those who attended the ceremony included Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Bangladesh Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Babul Supriyo, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Rashtriya Janata Dal chief (RJD) Lalu Prasad and National Conference leader and former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah.
Thousands of TMC supporters and admirers of Ms. Banerjee made light of the blistering afternoon sun to watch the proceedings.
Ms. Banerjee had swept to power for the first time on May 20, 2011 when she led an alliance consisting of the TMC, the Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist to a historic win in the assembly elections that year to end 34 years of continuous rule by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front in the state.
The Congress, which went into this year's elections as an ally of the Left Front, won 44 seats this time, while the alliance could garner only 77 seats in all.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha won three seats each.
The following is the full list of the Council of Ministers:
Amit Mitra, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Sovandeb Chatterjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Goutam Deb, Abani Joardar, Bratya Basu, Sovan Chatterjee, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Jyotipriyo Mullick, Binay Barman, Rabindranath Ghosh, Santiram Mahato,
Churamani Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, James Kujur, Siddiquallah Chowdhury, Ashima Patra, Bachhu Hansda, Ghulam Rabbani, Zakir Hossain, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Indranil Sen, Sandharani Tudu, Firhad Hakim, Shashi Panja, Sadhan Pande, Moloy Ghatak,
Chandranath Sinha, Rajib Banerjee, Ashish Banerjee, Purnendu Bose, Manturam Pakhira, Soumen Mahapatra, Swapan Debnath, Arup Roy, Arup Biswas, Giasuddin Mollah, Javed Khan and Shyamal Santra.
Born on January 5, 1955, Ms. Banerjee has a Master's degree in Arts and bachelor's degrees in Education and Law.
She came into prominence as a leader of the Youth Congress in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1984 and re-elected in 1991.
She served as Minister oof State for Human Resource Development; Youth Affairs and Sports; and Women and Child Development during 1991-93.
She won a third term in the Lok Sabha in 1996 and founded the All India Trinamool Congress in 1997. She was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1998 and again in 1999. She served as Minister for Railways from October 13, 1999 to March 16, 2001.
She was Minister without Portfolio between September 8, 2003 and January 8, 2004 before serving as Minister for Coal and Mines from January 9, 2004 to May 2004.
She won a sixth term in the Lok Sabha in the General Elections that year and re-elected in 2009. She served as Minister for Railways from May 31, 2009 to July 19, 2011. She resigned from the Lok Sabha in October that year and has since then been focused on West Bengal.