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Who is Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

About Mamata Banerjee

Who is Mamata Banerjee

The Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011, Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician, previously a member of the Congress and later, founded the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). The TMC supremo has been elected to Parliament seven times before she contested in the West Bengal Assembly elections. In the state Assembly, she represents the Bhabanipur constituency.
A painter and a poet by interest, Banerjee established herself as a major force in West Bengal in 2011 after ending 34 years of CPI(M) rule in the state. She led her party to victory in 34 of the 42 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and won a second term as CM with a landslide mandate in the 2016 Assembly elections.
 
Banerjee, popularly called 'Didi', has previously had stints as a Union minister in three central governments during both National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regimes. She was the first woman to serve the railway ministry twice. With her vast experience in politics, Mamata has now emerged as one of the prime challengers to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
 
The CM is involved in politics since the age of 15, starting with student wings of Congress in the 1970s. She rose to prominence after defeating CPM's Somnath Chatterjee in the 1984 General Assembly Elections. The rift between her and the Congress appeared in the 1990s when she alleged Congress of being a stooge to CPI(M) in the state. She co-founded her party in 1997 alongside Mukul Roy and became the primary Opposition.
 
The 66-year-old politician made headlines in 2005 when TMC actively protested the various land acquisitions,  which caused ground-level issues to local farmers in the name of industrial development by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government. In 2006, she was forcibly stopped on her way to Singur to protest the Tata Motors project, which later made TMC MLAs break furniture in West Bengal Assembly. During the Nandigram protest where 14 villagers were killed, Banerjee wrote letters to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop what she stated as "state-sponsored violence".
 
In 2011, she became the first female chief minister of West Bengal, with TMC winning 184 seats and ended Communist rule. Immediately after winning elections, she returned the 400-acre land to the farmers of Singur. She also brought various reforms in the education and health sectors. Post her first stint as CM, she came back to the chair after having a landslide victory winning 211 seats out of 293.
 
As Chief Minister, she also became part of controversies in the state with a few financial scandals. In Saradha chit fund, Rose Valley Scam or Narada, her multiple cabinet ministers were accused of money laundering and then subsequently jailed.
 
In 2020, the Banerjee government was criticised for handling the coronavirus pandemic and hiding facts around the crisis. The Opposition has accused her of playing "appeasement politics" ahead of the West Bengal Legislative elections.
 
On March 17, 2020, TMC released the party manifesto promising to generate 500,000 employment opportunities annually and provide free door-to-door ration delivery. Banerjee also guaranteed annual financial assistance for the poor, in which the backward community will receive Rs 12,000 as annual financial assistance. She also promised annual aid of Rs 10,000 per acre to the farmers. In the education sector, she announced a credit card up to Rs 10 lakh for students pursuing higher education.
 
The chief minister is contesting from Nandigram, in a direct contest with her former aide Suvendu Adhikari who is fighting the Bengal Assembly polls from BJP.

Latest Updates on Mamata Banerjee

Defer rollout of three criminal laws: Mamata Banerjee to PM Modi

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 21 2024 | 7:09 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee urges PM Modi to defer implementation of new criminal laws

3 min read Last Updated :Jun 21 2024 | 11:53 AM IST
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Kanchenjunga train mishap: Railways to hold inquiry in Bengal on June 19

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 18 2024 | 10:51 AM IST
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Railways totally parentless, Centre only keen on increasing fares: Mamata

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 17 2024 | 6:30 PM IST
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BJP declares name of candidates for by-polls to 4 Assembly seats in Bengal

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 17 2024 | 3:35 PM IST
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Mamata to visit train accident site in New Jalpaiguri, review relief ops

1 min read Last Updated :Jun 17 2024 | 2:08 PM IST
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Kanchanjunga Express train accident in Bengal kills 9, some feared trapped

3 min read Last Updated :Jun 18 2024 | 8:30 AM IST
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BJP forms committee of 4 MPs to analyse post-poll violence in Bengal

1 min read Last Updated :Jun 15 2024 | 1:57 PM IST
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LS poll results: BJP's arrogance, pride crushed, says TMC's Abhishek

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 15 2024 | 12:14 PM IST
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TMC's attempts to keep me out of Bengal will fail: BJP leader Malviya

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 13 2024 | 2:54 PM IST
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CM Mamata announces Rs 293 crore aid to 210,000 farmers for crop loss

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 12 2024 | 10:29 PM IST
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TMC MPs to meet agitating farmers in Haryana, to convey Didi's message

1 min read Last Updated :Jun 10 2024 | 1:09 PM IST
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INDIA not staking claim to form govt today, it might tomorrow: Mamata

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 08 2024 | 7:34 PM IST
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Mamata discusses party's Lok Sabha strategy with newly elected TMC MPs

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 08 2024 | 5:26 PM IST
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'INDIA' alliance won, Modi lost; he must resign immediately, says Mamata

5 min read Last Updated :Jun 04 2024 | 10:36 PM IST
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TMC's victory run in West Bengal unabated as Mamata defies exit polls

3 min read Last Updated :Jun 05 2024 | 12:27 AM IST
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'Modi lost credibility, must resign': Mamata on Lok Sabha poll results

6 min read Last Updated :Jun 04 2024 | 7:54 PM IST
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Bengal results on expected lines, people voted against BJP, says TMC

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 04 2024 | 2:24 PM IST
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West Bengal elections result 2024: Who is winning and who is trailing?

2 min read Last Updated :Jun 04 2024 | 12:56 PM IST
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