Mamata Banerjee will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term on Wednesday. The low-key function will be held at 10.45 am at the Raj Bhawan. The 66-year-old leader will have to get elected to state assembly within six months as she lost her Nandigram seat though leading her party Trinamool to a landslide win.
"In view of current Covid situation function will be with limited audience," Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had tweeted on Monday.
The oath-taking ceremony for the other legislators will be held on Thursday, Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee had told the media.
The Trinamool chief can, however, remain the CM if she gets elected to the Assembly within the next six months. This she can do by contesting for a bypoll or the seats where polls couldn't be held. MLAs often vacate their seats for their leaders to contest from and win.
Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the West Bengal Assembly elections, thus coming to power for the third term. The BJP came a distant second with 77 seats. 147 is the halfway mark needed in the state to win.