Kolkata: West Bengal will witness a grand change this Friday with Mamata Bannerjee taking oath as the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal along with her Cabinet members at 1.01 pm. A list of 3200 invitees has been prepared to witness the remarkable oath-taking ceremony.

The list includes the outgoing Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Left Front Chairman and Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Biman Bose. Mamata’s entire family will attend the ceremony.

Others in the list will include one representative each from the state political parties recognized by the Election Commission of India. Besides them, prominent industrialists, intellectuals and popular celebrities from the field of art and culture will also be invited.

The preparations for the grand ceremony have already started on full scale after the finalistaion of the date and venue.


On Tuesday, senior officials of concerned departments, Kolkata Police Commissioner RK Pachnanda and Governor MK Narayanan surveyed the ceremony venue.

Later, some changes were made in the ‘pandal’ and sitting arrangement citing security reasons. The venue will be ready by Wednesday.

As per sources within the Writers’ Building, procedures to send invitations for the ceremony have already commenced.

WB Governor orders for Banerjee's appoitnment as CM

She even she inaugurated a flurry of railway projects as Railway Minister before quitting, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Tuesday issued an order appointing Mamata Banerjee as the new chief minister of the state.


She is set to take oath as chief minister on May 20.

"The Governor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Article 164 (1) of the Constitution of India has been pleased to issue the order appointing Mamata Banerjee the chief minister of the state of West Bengal," a Raj Bhavan release said.

Narayanan had on Monday sent a letter to Banerjee inviting her to form the government following her party's landslide victory in the Assembly elections.

"After my resignation, the Ministry of Railways will stay with the Trinamool Congress hopefully and I will help my colleague in its development," Banerjee told a railway programme while inaugurating a number of projects near here.

"I have made’Vision 2020' and there will be no problem for my colleague who takes over as the Minister of Railways. He will only have to supervise the projects," she said.

Banerjee statrted a number of new trains, laid the foundation stones for a number of new lines and that of the Rabindra Museum at Howrah. Banerjee later called on former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee at his residence here for a 25-minute meeting.

After the Trinamool Congress chief emerged from the meeting, she was asked by reporters whether 'Mamata Banerjee would prove her efficiency as chief minister or not’.

"This is a question you should ask when she demits office," came the reply from Banerjee.

Chatterjee, who was expelled from CPI(M) in 2008 after he refused to resign the post of the Lok Sabha Speaker, on his part, said that he would be unable to attend the swearing in ceremony because of preoccupations.

He had written to Banerjee on Sunday congratulating her on her party's resounding victory in the Assembly election. "I have done this out of courtesy. I am sure she is touched by my gesture. The verdict has gone in her favour. It was a huge victory of her party and alliance," he said.

To a question whether this was his first face-to-face meeting with Banerjee, Chatterjee said "No, we used to talk when she was in Parliament."

He said that there should be peace after the elections and she should ensure that there was no violence in the state in the interest of the people.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies