After bagging a landslide victory in the West Bengal assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took oath as the state chief minister for her third consecutive term.
The Trinamool Congress chief was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan in a low-key programme due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Banerjee, who lost from Nandigram despite the astounding Trinamool victory, will have to get elected to the assembly within six months of assuming office.
According to Article 164 (4) of the Indian Constitution, a minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the legislature of the state shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a minister.
After her defeat in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the Returning Officer of the Assembly seat had said that he was threatened against recounting of votes.
After eight rounds of polling in the state, the votes were counted and results announced for the assembly elections on 2 May.
Banerjee-led TMC won 213 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party garnered 77 seats in the 294-seat state assembly. The ISF, which contested with the symbol of the Rashtriya Secular Majlis Party, and an Independent, managed one seat each.
However, elections for two seats in Murshidabad are postponed due to the demise of candidates due to Covid.
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