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The CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee

The CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee was born on 5 January 1955, in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician who is serving as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office of Chief Minister of West Bengal. She is also the founding mother of the political party All India Trinamool Congress party in 1998. She is often referred to as ‘Didi’ by their supporters and party workers.

CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee
CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee grew up in a lower-middle-class in Kolkata. Unfortunately, her father died when she was 17 years old. Still, she was able to go to college, ultimately earn several degrees, including a bachelor’s in law and a master’s in arts from the University of Calcutta. While she was still in school she became involved in politics. Later she joined the Congress Party in West Bengal and worked in a variety of positions within the party as well in other local political parties as well. 

Banerjee began her political career venture at a young age by becoming a Congress politician. In 1984 she was elected as a representative from her home district in Kolkata by defeating veteran leader, Somnath Chatterjee in the Lok Sabha election. In the 1989 Lok Sabha Election, she lost her electorate. However, in the 1991 Parliamentary Election, she won from the Kolkata voters and grasped her position until 2009.

Mamata Banerjee's founded political party All India Trinamool Congress
Mamata Banerjee’s founded political party All India Trinamool Congress

In 1997, she quit the Indian National Congress and organized the establishment of her own party, All India Trinamool Congress. In 1999, she joined the NDA and was given the railway minister under the Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. Again in 2009, Banerjee was given the Railway Minister post for her second term. Banerjee was the first woman to become a Minister of Railways. 

In 2011, the All India Trinamool Congress with SUCI and the INC won the West Bengal legislative assembly election against the binding Left Alliance. The alliance of these three parties secured 227 seats in the election. This winning of Mamata Banerjee marked the end of the greatest ruling democratically elected Communist party in the world. On 20 May 2011, Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as chief minister of West Bengal. And also as the first female chief minister of West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee was sworing as a chief minister of West Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee was sworing as a chief minister of West Bengal.

As she became the Chief Minister of West Bengal one of her first decision in the legislative assembly was to return 400 acres of land to Singur farmers. The land was forcibly acquired from farmers by the previous West Bengal government to build an automobile factory in the state.

In 2016 she became the Chief Minister of the State of West Bengal for the second time while her party won a decent victory in the assembly elections.