The incumbent West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would take over as the Chief Minister for the third time on the 5th of May.
After having a landslide victory in West Bengal Assembly elections, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) President would take oath as CM on Wednesday. The news was confirmed by the West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar through a tweet.
On the 3rd of May, Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted, “Taking note of communication @AITCofficial electing @MamataOfficial as leader of 17th WB Legislative Assembly have invited her to take oath of office of Chief Minister on May 5 at 10.45 am at Raj Bhawan. In view of current Covid situation function will be with limited audience. (Sic.)”
Later at night of the 3rd of May, a TMC Leader Partha Chatterjee, addressed the media briefed about the oath taking ceremony. He said, “The TMC legislators have unanimously elected Mamata Banerjee as the leader. On May 5, she will take oath as the Chief Minister. On May 6, the oath-taking ceremony of the elected legislators will be held. We want Biman Banerjee to become the speaker of the Assembly. Meanwhile, Subrata Mukherjee has been made the protem speaker.”
It is to be noted, according to Article 164 (4) of the Indian Constitution, a minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the legislature of the state could not be a minister.
However, in West Bengal Assembly elections, despite losing against Suvendu Adhikari of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nandigram seat, the TMC MLAs unanimously elected Mamata Banerjee as the CM. When asked about how this is possible, Partha Chatterjee said, “Matter (is) still pending with (the) Election Commission. The constitution provision is also there. There will be no hindrance …no one can stop Mamata Banerjee to become the Chief Minister.”
The Trinamool Congress won against the BJP with 213 seats of the total 292 Assembly seats.
Leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Rajnath Singh, K. Chandrashekar Rao, Asaduddeen Owaisi, Captain Amrinder Singh and others extended wishes to the TMC and its President Mamata Banerjee.