The swearing-in of Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee as chief minister of West Bengal will take place at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. It will be a low-key affair in view of the Covid restrictions in place in the state.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee (File Pic)
Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. This will be a low-key affair in view of restrictions in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
A ‘Guard of Honour’ has been arranged for TMC chief Mamata Banerjee at the VIP entry of Nabanna, the state secretariat in Kolkata.
Invitations for the programme have been sent to her predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, leader of the Opposition in the outgoing assembly, Abdul Mannan, and CPI(M) veteran leader Biman Bose, an official said on Tuesday.
Chief ministers of other states and leaders of other political parties have not been invited for the programme, keeping in mind the current Covid-19 situation in the country.
“It has been decided to keep the oath-taking ceremony Mamata Banerjee a very simple one because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Banerjee will be the only leader who will be taking the oath tomorrow. The programme will be a very brief one,” added the official.
Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, poll strategist Prashant Kishor and party leader Firhad Hakim are likely to be present at the ceremony scheduled to be held at the Raj Bhavan at around 10.45 am on May 5, said TMC sources.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has also been invited to the ceremony.
Soon after taking oath, Banerjee will go to the state secretariat ”Nabanna” where she will be given ”guard of honour” by Kolkata Police, sources said.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress emerged victorious, winning 213 of 294 seats. The BJP emerged as the principal opposition party in the state by securing 77 seats in the eight-phased election held between March 27 and April 29.
(With PTI inputs)
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