Mamata Banerjee, who ended the uninterrupted 34-year reign of the Left in West Bengal, on Friday made history when she was sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of the state at the head of a 38-member Trinamool Congress-Congress coalition government.
The 56-year-old leader was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of the state at an impressive ceremony here by Governor M K Narayanan, who also administered the oath of office and secrecy to her.
Along with her, 37 MLAs--35 from Trinamool Congress and 2 from ally Congress--took oath as ministers of the two-tier ministry. Four of the Trinamool Congress MLAs were sworn in as Ministers of State.
Image: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan administers oath to Mamata Banerjee during a swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Friday, May 20, 2011. (Photographs copyright PTI)