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West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee takes oath as Chief Minister

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the West Bengal Chief Minister on 27 May in a ceremony held at Kolkata's famous Red Road.

Ministers Chandranath Singh, Soumen Mahapatra, Rajeeb Bandhopadhyay, Churamani Mahato, Malay Ghatak, Purnendhu Basu, Rabindranath Ghosh, Arup Roy Shantiram Mahato, Bratya Basu, Abdur Rezzak Molla, Suvendu Adhikari, Sadhan Pandey, Jyotipriya Malkik, Firhad Hakim, Arup Biswas, Javed Khan, Sovan Chatterjee and Gouam Deb took oath.

Lakhiratan Shukla, Zakir Hossin, Indranil Sen Shyamal Santra took oath as Ministers of State.

The VVIPs at the event included the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, the industry minister of Bangladesh, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and RJD supremo Lalu Yadav.

Later in the day, Mamata will chair her first cabinet meeting right after taking oath, where the Kolkata Police will accord her a guard of honour at the lobby.

Kolkata Mayor Shovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and singer Indranil Sen are among the 17 new faces in the 42-member ministry.

This is the second consecutive term for Banerjee. It is the first time that a chief minister has taken oath on Red Road.

Banerjee met state Governor KN Tripathi on 26 May and submitted the list of MLAs.

-with ANI inputs

First published: 27 May 2016, 1:21 IST