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Mamata sworn in as CM

kolkata Updated: May 20, 2011 14:15 IST
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Mamata Banerjee took oath as the eighth chief minister of West Bengal and the first woman of the state in a ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Friday.

The oath was administered by Governor M K Narayanan at 1:01 pm, a time selected as auspicious by the family priest of the new chief minister.

Mamata also becomes the 14th woman chief minister of the country.

A team of 37 cabinet ministers and four ministers of state are supposed took oath. Some of the ministers to take oath with her were former chief secretary Manish Gupta, former Ficci secretary general Amit Mitra, former Kolkata mayor Subrata Mukherjee, thespian Bratya Basu, former CBI joint director Upen Biswas. Two ministers were from the Congress.

Ending a season of acrimony and bitterness, outgoing chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose attended the swearing in ceremony with his cabinet colleagues. In a disarming move Mamata had sent Partha Chatterjee, the deputy leader of the Trinamool legislative party to Bhattacharjee's residence on Thursday morning to invite him and his wife Meera to the ceremony.

Mamata is supposed to walk the less-than-a-km distance from the Raj Bhavan to the state secretariat at Writers' Buildings.

True to her disdain for protocol, Mamata rode to Raj Bhavan on a Santro and discarded the bullet proof official car reserved for the chief minister that was sent by the administration.

As Mamata, clad in her customary handloom saree and hawai chappals emerged from her house at 12:30, a roar arose from the crowd that had thronged outside her modest home on Harish Chatterjee Street in south Kolkata.

Thousands of enthusiasts lined up on either side of the road -- about five km -- from Mamata's residence to Raj Bhavan forcing her car to stop at various points.