TMC chief Mamata Banerjee sworn as the Chief Minister of West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the 3rd time
Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan was a low-key event in view of the coronavirus epidemic.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has been sworn in as West Bengal chief minister after her victory in the May 2 assembly elections. Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) was managed with protocols in mind. It was a low-key event in which the chief ministers of other states and leaders of other political parties were not invited.
Mamata Banerjee wears a white sari and shawl as Governor Jagdeep Dhankar is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal. She was sworn in in Bengali.
The CM urged all political parties to ensure peace prevails in the state immediately after taking oath. Governor Dhankhar also condemned the post-poll violence reports in the state and said the government needs to end it. “Our first priority is to end the horrific post-poll violence in the state,” he said. He had earlier called the law and order situation in the state “terrible” and called on the state director general of police (DGP).
Reports of attacks on political workers came out on Sunday after the TMC came back to power in the state, after which the Union Home Ministry (MHA) sought a report on the alleged incidents from the West Bengal government.
“The MHA has asked the West Bengal government for a report on post-election violence targeting opposition political activists in the state,” the ministry said in a tweet.
After eight rounds of polling in the state, the votes were counted and the results announced on May 2. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aims to win more than 200 seats in the 294-member assembly, won 77 seats while the TMC won 213 seats.
Extensive polling exercise has taken place amid the severe Kovid-19 crisis in the country. On Wednesday, India reported 382,315 cases of the virus, with the infection crossing 20.66 million nationwide. There were 3,780 new deaths in 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 226,188.
Meanwhile, the state recorded the highest death toll of 107 Kovid-19 patients on Tuesday, reaching 11,744.