Indian state West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes oath as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), West Bengal by West Bengal’s novernor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
Ms. Banerjee was sworn in following her victory in the Bhabanipur by-election, which she won by a record margin of 58,835 votes. The senior Trinomul Congress political party leaders like Subrata Bokshi, Mukul Roy, Pertho Chatterjee etc were present in the occasion.
However, the opposition MLAs were not present on the occasion. On Sunday, Banerjee won the Bhabanipur bye-poll. She needed to get elected as an MLA so that she could continue as the chief minister of the state.
The Governor will administer the oath of office to the members of the Cabinet, including the Chief Minister. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will administer the oath to the MLAs, this is the customary practice.
But recently Governor Jagdeep Dhankar informed the Assembly Secretariat in a letter that if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is elected as MLA, he will personally administer the oath to her. The Governor made good his words and administered the oath of office to the Chief Minister as an MLA in the Assembly on Thursday afternoon.
MPs were invited to the event. Significantly, however, no one from the opposition camp was seen. It may be mentioned that after winning the Bhawanipur by-election by a record vote. Mamata Banerjee had expressed her desire to take oath within the party on October 8th. It is learned that the governor had break the custom and read the oath.
On an earlier occasion, the Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly administered the oath to elected MLAs. None of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs were present at the swearing-in ceremony.