Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee swears in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second consecutive term on Friday at Red Road.
The Bengal witnessed 4 newly-selected MLA’s out of the 42 candidates, taking their respective oaths in Friday’s swearing-in ceremony. These 4 MLAs need special mention as they were purportedly seen in the Narada tapes released by Narada News(web portal), where they were seen taking bribes from people posed as bribe-givers, in order to provide favors to a fictitious company in the state. Firhad Hakim, Suvendu Adhikari, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee took oath in the presence of the Governor of West Bengal on Friday.
While Hakim and Mukherjee were retained in the cabinet, Kolkata Mayor Chatterjee and Adhikari, a Lok Sabha member who won the assembly polls from Nandigram, are among the new faces in the new council of ministers.
Barring former state transport minister Madan Mitra, the five MLAs caught in the sting, emerged unscathed in the assembly polls. Jailed in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam, Mitra is one of most high profile causalities for the Trinamool which swept the assembly polls winning 211 of the 294 seats.
Iqbal Ahmed, who retained Khanakool constituency, is the only “stung” MLA not to have found a ministerial berth.
The ceremony witnessed the presence of several political heavy weights. Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Development Minister Babul Supriyo and many others were present at Mamata Banerjee and her ministers’ swearing-in ceremony.