Kolkata: West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her new government’s first priority was
to combat Covid-19 and appeal to all to maintain peace or else stern action to be taken against the offenders.
” I will go to Nabanna immediately and hold meeting to chalk out plan how to combat the covid situation which is first priority and restore the law and order situation which is our second priority and warn stern action would be taken if anyone indulge in violence across the state,” Ms Banerjee said soon after taking the oath of the office of chief minister at Ran Bhawan for third time in a row.
” I will set up my team to tackle the situation and appeal to all the political parties not to indulge in any sort of violence. There is sporadic incidents of violence but now will ensure that any offender would not be spared any more” she said.
” We will hold a meeting on Covid situation around 1230 and tell the media during the press conference at 3 pm in Nabanna,” She said the new postings ( officials both civil and police) will be taken up to tidy up the administration.
” For the last three months the set up was not our which was under the ECI but now will have our team of officials to tackle the situation.
She also thanked the people and said around India and elsewhere they were watching the outcome of Bengal elections. Earlier,she took oath as the chief minister of West Bengal for 3rd time in a row, exactly three days after the charismatic leader led her Trinamool Congress to a sweeping victory with 213 seats in the 294 seats assembly elections.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankar administered the oath of office and secrecy at simple function under the covid situation. Wearing a milky white saree and matching full sleeves blouse and white mask on the nose and mouth, Ms Banerjee took the oath in Bengali.
The 66-year-old TMC supremo has been the chief minister from 2011 onward, also the first woman CM in Bengal,
took office after defeating then Left Front government which was heading then CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.
She was again took the office of the chief minister in 2016 when she had bagged 211 seats Among others presence at the simple function under covid protocol at Raj Bhawan were Ms Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abishek Banerjee, I-PAC chief ( poll strategist) Prashant Kishor, former speaker Biman Banerjee, Firhad Hakim, actor turned MP Dev, Partha Chatterjee, state chief secretary Alaphan Bhandypadhya, the DGP and others.
However, there were no opposition members, neither from BJP nor the Congress as invitations were sent to BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Pradeep Bhattacharya.
The TMC came to power for the third time in a row in West Bengal, pocketing 213 of the 292 assembly seats that went to polls, while its main challenger, the BJP, bagged 77 seats.