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Mamata sworn-in as Bengal CM for 3rd time

Kolkata : Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term on Wednesday morning. Governor J...

Kolkata :
Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term on Wednesday morning. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered the TMC Supremo the oath of office and secrecy at a low-key ceremony at Raj Bhavan. Banerjee took the oath in Bengali. She is the state’s 21st chief minister and the eighth person to hold the office.
While Banerjee was the only one to be sworn-in, her cabinet will be expanded with the induction of other ministers on May 9, Rabindra Jayanti, TMC sources said.
"Our first priority is to control the Covid situation," she said after taking oath. Referring to incidents of violence which have reportedly claimed the lives of several BJP and TMC workers, she said, "I will tackle law and order from today and deal with these sternly. This is my second priority."
She urged all political parties to help maintain peace and order.
Soon after swearing in Mamata Banerjee, the Governor sent out a sharp message to her on the post-poll violence in Bengal.

“Our first priority is to bring an end to the senseless, horrendous post-poll violence...I have every hope that the Chief Minister on an urgent basis will take all the steps to restore the rule of law. I have every hope that the Chief Minister, my younger sister, will rise to the occasion," Dhankhar said, Banerjee by his side.
"You have to rise above partisan interests. I am sure you will script a new governance pattern," he said, addressing the CM.

"We are at the moment in a very difficult crisis," Dhankhar said, adding he has brought the issue of post-poll violence to the notice of the chief minister.
Banerjee said she has taken charge "just now" and that the police administration was run by the Election Commission for three months. Hinting at a change in the police administration, Banerjee said, "I will form a new set up and ensure that no one (indulging in violence) is spared." Banerjee claimed there was inefficiency as the police administration was not under her government for the last three months.

Apart from senior TMC leaders like Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee, poll strategist Prashant Kishor and Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee were also present at the Throne Room of Raj Bhavan.

The oath-taking ceremony was held even as the BJP, now the main opposition party in the state, held a protest at its Hastings office against attacks on its workers allegedly by the TMC since Sunday night. The party has claimed several of its workers were killed and party offices set on fire and vandalised. Party president J P Nadda and state unit chief Dilip Ghosh were present.
"I am going to districts like North 24 Parganas to be by the side of our members who were at the receiving end of brutal violence not witnessed in independent India. We want to tell the entire country about this," Nadda said.

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