New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bengal for the third time in a low-key ceremony at the Kolkata Governor’s House in the shadow of Kovid and post-poll violence in some parts of the state.
His party says only Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in today. The rest of the cabinet and council of ministers will be sworn in on May 9, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The invitation has been extended to cricket legend Sourav Ganguly and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who are unlikely to attend due to illness. Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, voting strategist Prashant Kishore and party leader Firhad Hakeem are also expected to be present.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress says the swearing-in ceremony will be held in the “throne room” at the Raj Bhavan with Kovid protocol.
In the Bengal elections, Mamata Banerjee won a landslide victory to win her third straight term. Trinamool won 213 out of 292 seats while its strongest rival BJP came in second with 77 seats.
After being sworn in by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Mamata Banerjee will proceed to her office Nabanna, where she will be given a guard of honor by the Kolkata Police.
Her new term will begin with a meeting with top officials on the state’s cowardly situation and law and order.
The Trinamool Congress and the BJP have been at loggerheads since Sunday’s election verdict. Both sides have blamed the violence.
Mamata Banerjee told NDTV yesterday that she believed the BJP was trying to create trouble in the state after its defeat. “He is their child. He has spoiled the situation. There are some sporadic incidents, but they will be dealt with. After the elections, it happens in every state. I don’t want any violence or anything. The BJP is also trying to create communal clashes.” , Because of her embarrassing defeat, “she said, adding that she had told her supporters to stay indoors and not celebrate at all.