…and Mamata Banerjee enters Writers Building, where she was thrown out once by the Left Front and was humiliated…she stood up and challenged that she will return someday…rest is history… By Pallab Ghosh
Finally the ‘Dee Day’ arrived for which the entire Bengal was waiting with batted breath since ages as they were desperate to free themselves from the autocratic rule of the Left Front which has ruled Bengal for 35-long-years. On Friday the entire West Bengal witnessed the magic of their beloved Mamata Banerjee fondly called ‘didi’ who walked through the Raj Bhawan gates to take part in the Swearing-in ceremony as the new chief minister of West Bengal. Indeed May 20 will always be remembered as a historic day.
Mamata Banerjee became the eighth chief minister and the first woman chief minister of West Bengal. Swearing-in ceremony took place at the lawns of Raj Bhawan in Kolkata at 1:01 pm. as scheduled which was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life. Union home minister P. Chidambaram and union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee graced the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by prominent Left Front leaders including outgoing chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, CPI(M) general secretary Biman Bose and finance minister Ashim Dasgupta. Prominent personalities from the field of art, culture and music were present on this occasion. The names include many prominent actors from the Tollygunge who are known to have preference for the Left Front. Indeed a change of wind.
Some of the prominent names who took oath of office on this day apart from the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee are Partha Chatterjee, Amit Mitra, Manish Gupta, Subrata Mukherjee, Abdul Karim Chowdhury, Sadhan Pande, Upendranath Biswas, Javed Khan, Rabindranath Bhattacharjee, Bratya Basu, Subrata Buxi , Rachpal Singh, Rabiranjan Chatterjee, Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, Firhad Hakim popularly known as Bobby Hakim, Arup Roy, Manas Bhuniya (Congress), Abu Hena (Congress), Madan Mitra, Shyamal Mandal and Sabitri Mitra, the only woman candidate in the cabinet.
After the ceremony chief minister Mamata Banerjee alongwith her followers and team of ministers walked down to the Writers Building. Kolkata Police which was in charge to maintain the law and order found it difficult to manage the huge crowd which too walked alongwith their ‘didi; as if they wanted to become a part of this historic event. TMC senior leaders like Dinesh Trivedi and Mukul Roy (new union railways minister) were seen making way for their leader who was inspite of her tiredness was seen smiling and waving her hands to the people around her.
Writers Building standing as a mute spectator to n…umerous historical events in the past will witness yet another history with the stepping of Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister of Bengal. This was not an easy task though, as she had to put up years of long struggle and faced severe humiliation by the Left Front. It’s a different story though, that now the Left Front are unable to recollect those days. The answer is years of humiliation by the Left Front. She was brutally attacked by the Left Front goons at Hazra crossing in Kolkata followed by countless attacks on her over the years. The Left Front realized that the enigma called ‘Mamata Bondopadhay’ will bring their end someday and was desperate to keep her at bay but an undeterred Mamata Banerjee was in no mood to give up which irked the Red Brigade and they did not hesitate to even eliminate her but as the famous saying goes in Bengali ‘rakhey Hori maare ke’ or ‘yako rakhey saiya maar sake na koi’ in North India which means ‘if the savior is God, then who can even touch you’. Each time they attacked her, Banerjee became stronger from within and was ready to take the Red Brigade head on. The battle continued for nearly 20-long-years but she was determined to take revenge of her humiliation and defeat the Red Brigade in Bengal. Finally, she succeeded to oust Left Front which used bask in its own glory and indulge in self pity. The high and mighty Left Front Comrades are searching for names as there is no one who can chair the opposition in the Assembly. The blow was so strong that excepting two all the Left Front ministers including chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost the elections.
The people of Bengal have ushered in confidence and love in ‘didi’ and assured her that come what may they are with her in the crusade against Red Brigade which have ruined West Bengal in all spheres especially education and health sector.
Later on Friday Chief minister Mamata Banerjee after resuming office at the Writers Building and announced the names of those who will be inducted as new cabinet ministers:
Chief Minister : Mamata Banerjee – Home, Health, Land and Land Reforms, Agriculture, Information and Cultural Affairs, Hill Affairs, Minority Affairs, Madrasah Education, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Power.
Cabinet Ministers :
1) Subrata Buxi – Public Works Department, Transport
2) Partha Chatterjee – Industry and Commerce and Parliamentary Affairs, Public Enterprises, Industrial Reconstitution, Information Technology
3) Dr Amit Mitra – Finance, Excise, Textile
4) Manish Gupta – Development and Planning
5) Subrata Mukherjee – Public Health Engineering
6) Abdul Karim Chowdhury – Mass Education Extension and Library Services
7) Sadhan Pande – Consumer Affairs
8) Dr Upendranath Biswas – Backward Classes Welfare
9) Javed Khan – Disaster Management, Fire and Emergency Services, Civil Defence
10) Rabindranath Bhattacharjee – School Education
11) Sabitri Mitra – Woman and Child Development and Social Welfare
12) Jyotipriya Mullick – Food and Supplies
13) Shantiram Mahato – Self Help Group and Self-employment
14) H.A. Sawfi – Cooperation, Inland Water Transport
15) Malay Ghatak – Law and Judiciary
16) Purnendu Bose – Labour
17) Bratya Basu – Higher Education
18) Rachpal Singh – Tourism
19) Hiten Burman – Forest
20) Gautam Deb – North Bengal Development
21) Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury – Animal Resource Development
22) Shankar Chakrabarty – Non-conventional Energy Sources, Correctional Administration
23) Dr Rabiranjan Chatterjee – Technical Education and Training, Science and Technology, Biotechnology
24) Dr Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar – Environment
25) Ujjal Biswas – Youth Services
26) Shyamapada Mukherjee – Housing
27) Firhad Hakim – Municipal Affairs and Urban Development
28) Dr Sukumar Hansda – Western Zone Development Affairs
29) Soumen Mahapatra – Water Resources Investigation and Development
30) Arup Roy – Agricultural Marketing
31) Chandranath Sinha – Panchayat and Rural Development
32) Dr Manas Bhuniya – (Cong) Irrigation and Waterways, Micro and Small scale Industries
33) Abu Hena – (Cong) Fisheries, Food Processing Industries
Ministers of State :
1) Manjulkrishna Thakur – Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation (Independent Charge) Micro and Small Scale Enterprise and Textile
2) Madan Mitra – Sports (Independent Charge)
3) Subrata Saha – Public Works
4) Shyamal Mandal – Sundarban Affairs (Independent Charge), Irrigation and Waterways