New Delhi: Heading a 42-member ministry, Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the second consecutive time.
Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office and secrecy to 61-year-old Banerjee in Bengali at a function on the arterial Red Road here on Friday.
Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ashok Gajapathi and Babul Supriyo attended the ceremony, besides Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal. However, the Congress- Left combine and the state BJP boycotting the function.
Mamata Banerjee, who single-handedly steered her party TMC to a spectacular victory winning 211 of the 294 seats, walked some distance greeting people before boarding the car after leaving her Kalighat residence in south Kolkata.
Wearing her trademark white sari, Banerjee’s function was attended by a host of political leaders including RJD chief Lalu Prasad, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi.
The 42-member TMC ministry has 29 Cabinet ministers, including the chief minister, five ministers of state with independent charge and eight ministers of state.
Prominent Cabinet ministers include Amit Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Firhad Hakim and Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the Mayor of Kolkata.
Women ministers include Sashi Panja, Asima Patra and Sandhyarani Tudu. The new ministry has 18 new faces.
Beginning her second innings, Mamata said that in the coming days her government’s focus would be on the young generation, creation of more employment opportunities and on the overall development of quality of life for all.
Talking to the media after presiding over the first cabinet meeting at ‘Nabanna’, the state secretariat, she said that inspite of the huge debt burden left by the Left Front government, her government had carried the development agenda for all sections of society.
Banerjee, who often faced Opposition criticism regarding lack of industry in the state, said that industry would continue to be the focus of her government.
(With Agency Inputs)