Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Mamata Banerjee on taking oath as West Bengal chief minister. Modi tweeted a congratulatory message to Banerjee soon after the Trinamool Congress head was sworn in as chief minister for a third straight term.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered her the oath of office and secrecy at a low-key ceremony at the Raj Bhawan held amid the raging COVID pandemic. “Congratulations to Mamata Didi on taking oath as West Bengal’s Chief Minister. @MamataOfficial,” Modi tweeted.
Responding to the message, Banerjee tweeted:
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 5, 2021
Banerjee, who took the oath in Bengali, said her first priority was to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. “I will go to Nabanna now and hold a meeting about the measures we are taking about this crisis. I will hold a press conference at 3 pm and let you know what measures we are taking,” she said.
Taking note of the widespread violence in the state post the election results, the chief minister said: “My second priority is to tackle law and order in the state. I appeal to all political parties to refrain from any sort of violence. I will be posting special officers to handle the situation… We will handle the situation sternly.”