Mamata Banerjee sworn in as West Bengal chief minister for second time
61-year-old Mamata Banerjee has been sworn in as West Bengal chief minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term at oath taking ceremony held on Red Road.
She was administered oath of office and secrecy along with the 42 ministers of her government by state governor Keshri Nath Tripathi. She is the eighth chief minister of West Bengal.
Throughout her political life Banerjee has maintained an austere lifestyle, always dressing in simple traditional Bengali cotton sarees called 'tant'. She wears no jewellery or cosmetics but always has a cotton bag slung on her shoulder. She has remained single throughout her life. She is also a self-taught painter and a poet.
Mamata Banerjee born on 5 January 1955 in Kolkata, West Bengal holds degree in History honours from Jogamaya Devi College, Kolkata and also earned a master's degree in Islamic History from the University of Calcutta.
Banerjee became involved with politics when she was only 15. She established "Chhatra Parishad Unions", the student's wing of the Congress (I) Party and gradually rose in the ranks to become the general secretary of the state Mahila Congress (1976–80).
She had founded All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC or TMC) party in 1997 after separating from the Indian National Congress and gradually made it primary opposition party to the long-standing Communist government in the state.
In the 2011 election, TMC Congress alliance defeated 34-year-old Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government, the longest-serving democratically-elected communist government in the world by landslide victory and became the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal.
She also had served as the Union Minister of Railways twice and was the first woman Railway Minister of India.
She also had served as Union Minister of Coal and Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Department of Youth Affairs.
World Wide Recognition : In 2012 she was named one of the "100 Most influential People in the World" by the Time magazine. In September 2012 Bloomberg Markets magazine listed her among the 50 most influential people in the world of finance. In 2013 she was voted as the India's most honest politician in an internal poll by members of India Against Corruption, India's largest anti-corruption coalition.
Victory in 2016 assembly elections : In the recent assembly elections, Banerjee led the Trinamool secured a landslide victory by winning on 211 seats while Congress-Left Front alliance won only 77 seats in the 294-member house. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha managed to get three seats each.