On May 5, 2021, Mamata Banerjee who belongs to the party of Trinamool Congress (TMC) took oath as the Chief Minister (CM) of West Bengal for 3rd Consecutive Term (2011-2016, 2016-21).
i.She is the 8th Chief Minister of West Bengal (WB).
ii.Mamata Banerjee was administered the oath of office by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
iii.Her party TMC won 213 seats out of 292 in the State Assembly Elections which were held in 7 phases between March 27-April 29, 2021.
iv.Mamata Banerjee took oath as CM, even though she was defeated in her constituency of Nandigram.
- Under Article 164(4) of the Constitution, an unelected member can assume office as CM but he or she has to either win a bypoll or get elected to the Legislative Council within 6 months to retain the position.
Article 164 of the Indian constitution deals with appointment of Chief Ministers and other ministers.
- Article 164 (1) – Chief Minister & other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor.
- 164 (2) – Council of Ministers are collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.
- 164 (3) – Oaths of office & of secretary administered by Governor.
- 164 (4) – A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the Legislature of the State shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister
- 164 (5) – Deals with Salaries and allowances of Ministers.
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i.April 13, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Senior-most Election Commissioner, Sushil Chandra as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India. He will succeed Sunil Arora.
About West Bengal:
Governor – Jagdeep Dhankhar
Chief Minister – Mamata Banerjee
Capital – Kolkata