Around 109 MLAs and chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday took oath as legislators in the state Assembly.
Protem Speaker Jotu Lahiri administered the oath to the chief minister and other MLAs. Alongside Miss Banerjee, all MLAs from Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata districts took oath.
Other important legislators like Biman Banerjee, proposed Speaker of the Assembly, Amit Mitra, state finance, industry and commerce minister, Subrata Mukherjee, state panchayat and rural development minister, Partha Chattjeree, education minister, Rajib Banerjee, state irrigation and waterways minister, Jyotipriay Mallick, food and supplies minister, Aroop Biswas, state PWD minister, Tapan Dasgupta, minister of agriculture marketing, Firhad Hakim, minister of urban development and municipal Affairs, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, Giasuddin Mollah, minister of minority affairs and madrasah education and others was administered oath.
Newly elected MLA Ms Baishali Dalmiya was administered oath. Actress Debashree Roy and actor Chiranjeet Chakraborty also administered oath.
Miss Banerjee became leader of the House and Partha Chatterjee became deputy leader of the Assembly, however this deputy post is newly created. Nirmal Ghosh became chief whip and Tapas Roy was selected as deputy chief whip.
Sujit Bose, became leader of the Trinamul Legislature Party. Six MLAs of the Left Front including Sujan Chakraborty, Manas Mukherjee, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Rafikul Islam, Ramshankar Halder and Amjad Hossain were administered oath.
Congress MLAs including Abdul Mannan, Madhusudan Ghosh, Dulal Bar, Kazi Abdul Rahim and Asit Mitra were administered oath.
It has been learnt from sources that Miss Banerjee urged Biman Banerjee, proposed Speaker of the Assembly for arranging training for newly elected MLAs and Partha Chatterjee has been asked counseling for the new MLAs.
Meanwhile, the CPI-M and Congress are going to become a strong opposition on the floor of the Assembly both parties today indicated it during the oath taking ceremony.
MLAs of Congress and CPI-M together entered into the Naushad Ali Hall and took the same bench for taking oath as legislators.
Earlier, Jotu Lahiri, protem Speaker of the Assembly asked some of the Left Front MLAs to take oath with the Trinamul MLAs but they did not turn up. Later, around 11 MLAs of the Left Front and Congress took oath by splitting into two groups.
After oath taking ceremony, Abdul Mannan, Congress MLA said that for the interest of the people of the state, both Congress and CPI-M both willwork together.
Sujan Chakraborty, CPI-M MLA said that CPI-M will work together with the Congress and raise their voices against the majority party if it works against the interest of the people and rejects appeal of any party regarding any discussion in the Assembly.
After taking oath CPI-M MLAs including Manas Mukherjee and Sujan Chakraborty met Abdul Mannan, Dr Manas Bhunia and other Congress leaders inside the office of the Congress MLAs in the Assembly.
Both party MLAs exchanged pleasantries. MLAs of the both parties expressed their unhappiness over the oath taking ceremony by saying it was unorganised and the ceremony lost the temperament as five MLAs were asked to take oath at the same time.
“We were not allowed to enter as all the seats were occupied by the Trinamul Congress MLAs and their men. When chief minister Mamata Banerjee left the hall then we got seats,” said Asit Mitra, Congress MLA.