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About Mamata Banerjee

Name Mamata Banerjee
Designation Chief Minister West Bengal Since 20 May 2011
Political Party Trinamool Congress, Chairperson (1997–present)
Posts held
  1. Minister of Railways
  2. Minister of Coal
  3. Minister of State for Human Resource Development
  4. Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child Development
Date of Birth and Age 5 January 1955 (58 yrs)
Mamata Banerjee


Mamata Banerjee is the Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office. In 1997, Mamata Banerjee left the Congress Party and established the All India Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. She is the chairperson of the Trinamool Congress party.

In 2011 Banerjee created history when the TMC -Congress alliance pulled off a landslide victory defeating the 34-year old CPI (M)-led Left Front government.

One of her first decisions in 2011 as Chief Minister was to return 400 acres of land to Singur farmers as she had opposed forceful acquisition of land by the then communist government to create Special Economic Zone in West Bengal. In November 2006, Banerjee had led a agitation against a proposed Tata Motors car project at Singur.

In the 1984 general election, Banerjee became one of India's youngest parliamentarians ever, beating veteran Communist politician Somnath Chatterjee. She has been MP from the Kolkata South seat in the 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 in general elections.

Mamata Banerjee held several posts in the cabinet of various governments. She twice held the pot of the Minister of Railways. She was Minister of Coal, and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child Development etc.

As a minister in Union cabinet she was vociferous supporter of the Women's Reservation Bill. On 11 December 1998, she controversially held a Samajwadi Party MP, Daroga Prasad Saroj, by the collar and dragged him out of the well of the Lok Sabha to prevent him from protesting against the Women's Reservation Bill.

As a first woman railway minister she started women-only local trains for office going women in several cities of India. She also introduced a number of non-stop Duronto Express trains connecting large Indian cities.

Mamata Banerjee is opposed to allow FDI in retail markets. She is also against hike of petrol diesel prices and wants them to be state controlled. She has threatened to withdraw support from in protest of these issues.

As Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has initiated various reforms in education and health sectors. This includes release of the monthly pay of the teachers on the first of every month and quicker pensions for retiring teachers. In health sector a three-phase developmental system is taken up to improve the heath infrastructure and service. Mamata Banerjee is credited for achieving a full year without any reported cases of polio in West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee is against calling bandhs (work stoppage) but she had called many of them when she was in opposition. The episode of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi's resignation and Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra cartoon incident has made her critique call her of being a dictator.

Mamata Banerjee stormed out off the stage in a huff during a TV interview on 18 May 2012 at the Kolkata Town Hall, without answering questions from students whom she alleged were Maoist cadres.

She drew flak from people when a 20-year-old college student was allegedly gangraped and murdered in 2013 at Barasat district, 24 Parganas. She was forced to flee from the meeting called there when a mob tried to assault her. Later she described the Barasat rapists and protesters as CPM workers.

Mamata Banerjee is a self-taught painter and a poet. Throughout her political life she has maintained an austere lifestyle. She always dresses in simple traditional Bengali cotton sarees and never wears any cosmetics or jewellery. She has remained single throughout her life.


Breaking News about Mamata Banerjee

Bengal to develop deep sea port at Tajpur on its own: Mamata

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    10:10 pm
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the state would develop the proposed deep sea port on its own at Tajpur of East Midnapore district. View More..

Amit Shah to hold five rallies in Bengal this month, Modi may arrive in February: State BJP Chief

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    7:02 pm
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah will hold five public rallies in three days in West Bengal starting on January 20, a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's mega-opposition rally in Kolkata, party's state President Dilip Ghosh said here on Wednesday. View More..

KCR, Jagan to hold further talks on proposed front

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    6:04 pm
Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday held preliminary talks with YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on the proposed Federal Front and they agreed to hold further talks, sources in the two parties said. View More..

TRS leaders meet Jagan to discuss proposed Federal Front

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    1:28 pm
Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao met YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy here on Wednesday to discuss the proposed Federal Front. View More..

Narayanan questions methodology of CBI chief's selection

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    2:18 am
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) Former NSA M.K. Narayanan on Tuesday expressed concern over the "internal dissension at the highest level of an institution like CBI" and questioned the way the agency chief was being selected now. View More..

Deve Gowda, Kejriwal, Pawar, Akhilesh at Mamata's Jan 19 rally

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    1:44 am
Kolkata, Jan 16 (IANS) Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Karnataka counterpart H D Kumaraswamy, political heavyweights like Sharad Pawar and Akhilesh Yadav would address the January 19 opposition rally here, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. View More..

KCR son to hold talks with Jagan on Wednesday

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    12:14 am
Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao will meet YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy here on Wednesday to invite the party to join the proposed Federal Front. View More..

Halting Rath Yatra won't halt BJP's rise in Bengal: Rahul Sinha

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    9:36 pm
Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) In the wake of the Supreme Court order imposing conditional ban on the BJP's proposed Rath Yatra in Bengal, the party on Tuesday said it will not be cowed down by the tactics of the Mamata Banerjee government and continue its political programmes within the limits of the apex court's directive. View More..

Rahul, Sonia to skip Mamata's opposition rally

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    8:14 pm
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) With the West Bengal unit and Trinamool Congress not on good terms, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will give a miss to Saturdays grand opposition rally in Kolkata organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee. View More..

SP-BSP alliance 'selfish', people will reject: Dushyant Gautam

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    6:30 pm
Kolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) Terming the alliance between the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh as "selfish", BJP national Vice President Dushyant Kumar Gautam on Tuesday said the parties are doing injustice to their activists by bringing two ideologically different forces together. View More..

SC sets conditions for BJP's Bengal rath yatra

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    5:08 pm
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) In a setback to the BJP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the party cannot hold its proposed "rath yatra" in West Bengal unless it can address the Mamata Banerjee-led state government's apprehensions on law and order issues. View More..

Mamata welcomes BSP-SP alliance in UP

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    4:46 pm
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday welcomed the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Mamata observes Swami Vivekananda's 156th birth anniversary

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    10:40 am
Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) Urging everyone to remember Swami Vivekananda's message of peace and brotherhood, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday observed the great thinker's 156th birth anniversary. View More..

Congress disrupts 'The Accidental Prime Minister' in Kolkata, vandalises theatre

Posted On : Jan 11,2019,    11:08 pm
Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) A group of West Bengal Congress activists on Friday allegedly interrupted the screening of 'The Accidental Prime Minister' and resorted to vandalism at a posh Kolkata multiplex on Friday evening, while the film based on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure faced agitation across the city. View More..

Those trying to stop Durga Puja in Bengal won't be spared: Mamata

Posted On : Jan 11,2019,    4:42 pm
Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday flayed the Income Tax Commissioner's circular seeking expenditure details from all major Durga Puja organisers in the state, and asked the big clubs to avoid the central tax authorities. View More..

Mamats doubts if fresh quota decision can be implemented

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    11:22 pm
Kolkata, Jan 10 (IANS) Expressing doubts over whether the decision to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to upper castes can be implemented, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said it would seal "whatever little opportunities" those in the general category enjoyed so far. View More..

Bengal government to pull out of Ayushman Bharat

Posted On : Jan 10,2019,    7:34 pm
Kolkata, Jan 10 (IANS) Accusing the Centre of neglecting Bengal's contribution to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that her state will not pay its share of funds for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious healthcare project and asked the Centre to pay the full amount if it wanted to run it. View More..

Trinamool MP joins BJP, party expels him and another Lok Sabha member (Round-up)

Posted On : Jan 09,2019,    11:16 pm
New Delhi/Kolkata, Jan 9 (IANS) In a setback to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a major boost to the BJP, Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan on Wednesday crossed over to the saffron party, citing lack of democracy in the state. View More..

Trade strike largely ineffective in Bengal, school children hurt

Posted On : Jan 09,2019,    10:10 pm
Kolkata, Jan 9 (IANS) A few school children were injured in stone pelting in Kolkata on Wednesday as sporadic incidents of vandalism marked the second day of the central trade unions-sponsored 48-hour nationwide strike in Bengal. View More..

Trinamool MP joins BJP, says no democracy in Bengal in 'aunt-nephew' reign

Posted On : Jan 09,2019,    8:24 pm
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) In a setback for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, citing lack of democracy in the state. View More..


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