by international desk:
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Indian State of West Bengal for the third time after her party secured victory in the staggered elections held in seven phases last month.
Indian media reported Banerjee, 66, in her traditional white Sari and shawl, took oath in Bengali. The rest of the cabinet and the council of ministers will be sworn in on May 9, the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
The oath taking ceremony took place maintaining Covid-19 protocols in place at the “Throne Room” at the Raj Bhavan.
Soon after her swearing in, Banerjee said in a meeting at her Nabanna office that her first task would be to tackle the surge in the novel coronavirus as India is struggling hard to treat the Covid-19 patients in many parts of the country.
She also vowed to contain the violence erupted after the election result was out on May 2 that left more than a dozen people killed in her state. Trinamool Congress and the BJP are blamed for the violence.
Banerjee won a landslide victory in the Bengal election to secure a third straight term. Her Trinamool Congress won 213 of 292 seats while its strongest rival, Bharatiya Janata Party, finished second with 77 seats.