May 2021 \ Business & Investment \ BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE
Mamata Banerjee takes oath as Bengal CM for third time

Mamata Banerjee after taking her oath as West Bengal CM

By Saibal Gupta
  • Ms Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee after taking her oath as West Bengal CM for the third consecutive time in an unembellished function at the ‘Throne Room’ in Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on May 5 announced that handling the COVID-19 situation in the state and tackling post poll violence and the overall law and order situation in the state will be her priority.

The chief minister’s convoy left her residence at Harish Chatterjee Street popularly known as Kalighat at 10.10 a.m. and reached Raj Bhawan at 10.20 a.m. Like any other day she sat by the side of the driver but the usual scene of people standing by the side of the road to have a glimpse of the chief minister was missing because she had requested everybody to stay indoors. Though the curious eyes were absent, the entire road was decorated with blue-white—the colour combination branded by Trinamool Congress and large footballs—highlighting the party’s theme song—‘Khela Hobe’ (We will play).

Chief Minister Banerjee who was escorted by her nephew Abhishek Banerjee and poll strategist Prashant Kishore reached Raj Bhawan and exchanged pleasantries with the guests that included Trinamool hierarchy Arup Biswas, Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Bakshi and Firhad Hakim. Though opposition leaders and personalities like BJP state President Dilip Ghosh, Congress state President Adhir Ranjan Cowdhury, veteran leader Abdul Mannan, Left Front Chairman Biman Basu, former chief minister Buddhadeb Bahttacharjee and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly were invited, they were not present.