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Mamata sworn in as Bengal CM again; Stalin meets TN Guv to stake claim

West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. File photo: AITC

Kolkata, May 5 (MNN) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday administered the oath of office to Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee as the Chief Minister for a third term.

Mamata had led her party to a spectacular victory in the just-concluded Assembly elections. While the TMC bagged 213 seats in the 294-member Assembly, the BJP got 77 seats.

She had earlier called on the Governor at the Raj Bhavan to submit her resignation.

Since Banerjee herself lost from Nandigram seat, she will have to get elected within the next six months to continue in office.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Banerjee on taking oath as the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, the TMC leader thanked on Wednesday a slew of politicians who congratulated her over the victory, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, and DMK leader MK Stalin.

“Thank you @RahulGandhi ji for your warm wishes. People of Bengal have paved the way for the rest of the country. BJP’s politics of hatred shall be booted out of India very soon,” she tweeted in reply to Rahul’s May 2 post in which he congratulated her.

Meanwhile, in Chennai, DMK President MK Stalin met with Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to form the next government in the southern state since he commanded majority in the new Assembly.

“Met the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, at the Governor’s House and demanded the right to form a government,” the DMK tweeted while tagging along pictures of the meeting.

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