Mamata to take oath as CM on Wednesday
Published : Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 at 11:25 PM Count : 161
Mamata Banerjee will take oath as the chief minister of Bengal for the third consecutive term at 10.45am on Wednesday (May 5) in the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal, in Kolkata.
The decision was announced in a tweet by governor Jagdeep Dhankhar after Mamata had called on him to submit her resignation as chief minister.
Along with Mamata, some key members of her new cabinet are likely to be sworn in on Wednesday, while others could take oath on Thursday. In view of the Covid-19 situation, all such events will be conducted with limited audience.
Mamata Banerjee met the governor on Monday evening, submitted her resignation… and a list of victorious candidates of the party that has over two-thirds majority in the House, thereby establishing her indisputable claim to form the next government in Bengal, said a senior Trinamul leader.
In the Assembly, 212 Trinamul Congress MLAs — Khardah's Kajal Sinha, the 213th MLA, succumbed to Covid-19 — would be sworn in during the course of the week. It was decided by the Trinamul legislature party to re-elect Biman Banerjee as the Speaker for the third consecutive term.
"Sadly, because of the pandemic's second wave, there will be nothing by way of celebration or grand events now. So, it will be a very basic programme this time, despite its historic and national significance," said Subrata Mukherjee, a senior Trinamul leader.
"She had already said there would be mega celebrations later at the Brigade Parade Grounds with all prominent national (non-BJP) leaders once the pandemic is behind us," he added.
At a meeting in Trinamul Bhavan, the winners unanimously elected Mamata as the leader of the legislature party, thereby paving the way for her to take oath as chief minister.
Since Mamata lost to her former protégé Suvendu Adhikari, now in the BJP, in the Nandigram seat, she would have six months to get elected to the Assembly.
In the meeting, Mamata's main instructions to the newly-elected members were regarding three main areas of priority now.
"She said we must go all-out in the war against the pandemic now as everything else has become secondary in the second wave of Covid-19," said Uttarpara MLA Kanchan Mullick, an actor.
"Second, we must honour this humbling mandate and give it back to the people by way of tireless service," he added.
The third area, said Barrackpore MLA and filmmaker Raj Chakraborty, was the importance of ignoring provocation.
"She said there would be an immense lot of incitement by the BJP in a bid to foment tension and unrest… she explained how crucial it was not to get ensnared by that," he said.