Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in ceremony took place amid strong protest by the main opposition party BJP over the post-poll violence across the state in which several people have lost their lives.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered her the oath of office and secrecy at a low-key ceremony at Raj Bhawan held amid the raging COVID pandemic.
Banerjee took the oath in the Bengali language. The rest of the cabinet and the council of ministers will be sworn in on May 9, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The oath ceremony took place with Covid protocols in place at the “Throne Room” at the Raj Bhavan.
Apart from senior TMC leaders like Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in TMC’s victory, and Banerjee’s MP nephew Abhishek Banerjee were present.
Banerjee has said her first priority after resuming office will be to tackle the COVID-19 situation.
After taking the oath, Banerjee will now go to the state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ where she will be given ‘guard of honour’ by Kolkata Police.
Mamata Banerjee won a landslide victory in the Bengal election to secure a third straight term. The Trinamool won 213 of 292 seats while its strongest rival, BJP, finished second with 77 seats.
She is expected to start her new term with a meeting with top officials on the Covid situation and law and order in the state.