West Bengal: Mamata swearing-in today to be low-key due to coronavirus pandemic

May 05 2021 08:13 AM
West Bengal: Mamata swearing-in today to be low-key due to coronavirus pandemic

The oath taking ceremony of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as chief minister at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday morning. The ceremony will be a low-key programme, scheduled to be held at around 10.45 am following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic protocols.  

Only a few invitees have been called for the swearing-in including invitations sent to her predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, leader of Opposition of the outgoing House Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) veteran leader Biman Bose. Chief ministers of other states and leaders of other political parties have not been invited for the programme in view of the current COVID-19 situation in the country, the official told PTI. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has also been invited for the ceremony with Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, poll strategist Prashant Kishor and party leader Firhad Hakim likely to be present at the ceremony scheduled on May 5, TMC sources said. The party pocketing 213 of the 292 assembly seats has come to power for the third time in a row in West Bengal.

Earlier on Monday post poll violence in Bengal created a hue over winning of Mamata Banerjee. The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday took cognisance of the alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal and ordered an investigation fact-finding team to conduct a spot inquiry and submit a report at the earliest, preferably within two weeks.

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