Kolkata, May 20: Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee will take oath as the chief minister of West Bengal for the second successive time on May 27 (Friday).
Her party swept the seven-phase Assembly election by winning 211 seats in the 294-member Assembly, 27 more than the 2011 tally of 184. [2016 polls: District-wise results]
The Opposition alliance of the Left Front and Congress was buried in the landslide, as they could win a paltry 76 seats. The BJP won three seats---its best performance in the state since its inception in 1980.
Banerjee thanked people after the victory and said she preferred Fridays to do something auspicious. Incidentally, May 20 (Friday) marked the fifth anniversary of Banerjee's taking oath as the chief minister of Bengal for the first time. [2016 polls: Vote-shares & comparison with 2011, 2014]
The TMC chief said she is an LIP (less important person) and would like to work with the people and take Bengal to new heights.
The chief minister-designate said a cultural celebartion will be observed to commemorate the unique victory. No ruling party has won such a huge majority to return to power in the last 49 years in the state.