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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

Netaji kin, former IPS, new joinees in BJP's Bengal list

Posted On : Mar 21,2019,    10:50 pm
Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) Union Minister Babul Supriyo would fight to retain Asansol, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose is in fray from the prestigious Kolkata South, while BJP's West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh in the race from Midnapore in the first list of 28 candidates announced by the party for the Lok Sabha polls in the eastern state. View More..

Bengal leaders participate in riot of colours

Posted On : Mar 21,2019,    3:08 pm
Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) It was a riot of colours for different political leaders and a great opportunity to reach out to the people ahead of the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday as West Bengal celebrated Holi -- or "Dol Jatra" as it is called in this part of the country. View More..

Forest cover in Bengal gone up by 4.29%: Mamata

Posted On : Mar 21,2019,    2:38 pm
Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) Marking the International Day of Forests on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that forest cover in the state has gone up by 4.29 per cent. View More..

Pro-Trinamool men at Bengal CEO's office, BJP alleges

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    11:56 pm
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) Questioning the content of the show-cause notice sent by the Election Commission to Union Minister Babul Supriyo on a campaign song, the BJP on Wednesday alleged pro-Trinamool Congress officers were deployed in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal. View More..

Nirav Modi's arrest a 'got-up match': Mamata

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    11:42 pm
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday refused to give any credit to the Narendra Modi-led government for the arrest of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in London and termed it a "got-up match". View More..

Modi's arrest a 'got-up match', says Mamata

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    8:06 pm
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday refused to give any credit to the Modi government for the arrest of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in London and termed it a "got-up match". View More..

Trinamool's Mimi wants to lend people a voice before making promises (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    7:56 pm
Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) Glamorous Bengali actress Mimi Chakraborty is banking on the love showered by the people on her through the years as she now canvasses for votes in the lanes and alleys of the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency. View More..

EC notice, police complaint against Supriyo over campaign song (2nd Lead)

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    11:50 pm
Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday slapped a show-cause notice on Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo for not seeking permission before releasing a video of his party's campaign song for Bengal on the social media. View More..

EC notice, police complaint against BJP MP over campaign song

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    10:58 pm
Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The Election Commission on Tuesday slapped a show-cause notice on Union minster and BJP leader Babul Supriyo for not seeking permission before releasing a video of his party's campaign song for Bengal on the social media. View More..

Mamata takes potshots at BJP over Ram temple

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    10:52 pm
Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Taking a dig at the BJP-led central dispensation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said while they could not even construct one Ram temple, her government has spruced up the pilgrimage spots as part of its development programmes. View More..

Which way is political wind blowing in Bengal's tea gardens? (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    12:34 pm
Siliguri/Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Brewing discontent, resentment over low wages and lack of land rights for tea garden workers, whose votes are decisive in four Lok Sabha constituencies in North Bengal, could emerge as hurdles to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the upcoming polls. View More..

2019 polls a battle between Modi and Mamata: TMC MP

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    6:16 pm
Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday termed the 2019 Lok Sabha polls "a duel between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee" and urged the voters in the state to put all their force behind her. View More..

Manohar Parrikar condoled across party lines

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    10:46 pm
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Condolences poured in from across party lines for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63. View More..

Are you with India, Sitharaman asks Mamata

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    10:24 pm
Kolkata, March 17 (IANS) In an all-out attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for seeking proof of Indian air strikes in Pakistan's Balakot, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday asked the Trinamool supremo and her party whether they stood with India or "were helping our enemies". View More..

Mamata condoles Parrikar's death

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    9:30 pm
Kolkata, March 17 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of her Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar who passed away at his private residence. View More..

Infiltration, security key issues: Bengal BJP chief

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    5:10 pm
Kolkata, March 17 (IANS) Anti-social activities through vast unguarded sections of the Indo-Bangladesh border and West Bengal government's "soft stand" on infiltrators are the major issues in the state in the run-up to the 2019 general election as they pose serious threat to the country's internal security, says state BJP President Dilip Ghosh. View More..

Trinamool terrorising my supporters: Arjun Singh

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    11:48 am
Kolkata, March 17 (IANS) New BJP joinee Arjun Singh on Sunday accused the Trinamool Congress of fomenting violence and terrorising his supporters, and claimed that despite his new avatar, workers of West Bengal's ruling party will vote for him from Barrackpore constituency. View More..

GJM's Gurung may be in Darjeeling before LS poll: BJP

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    10:00 pm
Kolkata, March 16 (IANS) Fugitive Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung might come back to the Darjeeling hills before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if he gets bail and emerge as a key factor in the coming elections, BJP's West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh said on Saturday. View More..

Mamata violated model code of conduct: Left to EC

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    8:48 pm
Kolkata, March 16 (IANS) The Left Front has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against the Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by announcing "her party's programme from the state secretariat." View More..

Appoint chief observer from outside Bengal: BJP

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    8:20 pm
Kolkata, March 16 (IANS) Demanding 'free and fair' elections in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Saturday urged the Election Commission to appoint chief state observer from outside the "sensitive" West Bengal to oversee the poll process, including the functioning of the office of state Chief Electoral Officer. View More..


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