Modi, Rahul congratulate Mamata

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday congratulated TMC leader Mamata Banerjee after she was sworn-in as West Bengal’s chief minister for a second term.

“Congratulations to Mamataji and her team on taking oath. Looking forward to working closely with the WB Govt for the state’s growth,” Modi tweeted.

Gandhi wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to Mamataji on being sworn in as Chief Minister. My best wishes to her and the Cabinet for the term ahead.”

Banerjee was on Friday sworn-in as the chief minister for the second term at a grand public ceremony witnessed by thousands of supporters as well as eminent personalities in Kolkata.

Besides Banerjee, the state’s eighth chief minister, 41 other ministers also took the oath of office.

In the recent assembly elections, Banerjee led the Trinamool to a landslide victory, with the party winning 211 seats — well above the two-thirds majority mark of 196 — to sweep back to power.

The Congress-Left Front alliance won 77 seats in the 294-member house. The BJP and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha got three seats each.

Banerjee took over as chief minister for the first time on May 20, 2011, after she led an alliance of Trinamool Congress, Congress and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist to a huge win in the assembly polls, ending 34 years of uninterrupted Left Front rule.

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