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Mamata Banerjee
মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়
Portrait of Mamata Banerjee
11th Chief Minister of West Bengal
Assumed office
20 May 2011
Governor M. K. Narayanan
Preceded by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Minister of Railways
In office
22 May 2009 – 19 May 2011
Preceded by Lalu Prasad Yadav
Succeeded by Manmohan Singh (pro tem)
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
Preceded by Biplab Dasgupta[1]
Personal details
Born 5 January 1955 (1955-01-05) (age 65)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Political party All India Trinamool Congress
Spouse(s) Unmarried
Residence Harish Chatterjee Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Alma mater Jogamaya Devi College (B.A.)
University of Calcutta (M.A.)
Shri Shikshayatan College (B.Ed.)
Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College (LL.B.)
Profession Politician
Social Worker
Website Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee (Bengali: মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়) (born 5 January 1955) is the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal. She is the first woman Chief Minister of the state. She is also the founder and chairperson of the Trinamool Congress.[2][3] Mamata Banerjee is also the Minister for Home, Health and Family Welfare, Land and Land Reforms, Information and Cultural Affairs, Hill Affairs, Minority Affairs and Madrassah Education, Agriculture, Power and Personnel and Administrative Reforms departments.[4][5][6][7] She is a good orator. Her followers call her "Didi" (meaning the elder sister).

Mamata Banerjee has defeated the 34-year-old the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government in West Bengal. That government was the world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government.[8][9][10]

In the past, she was the Minister of Railways twice, Minister of Coal once, and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child Development once in the cabinet of the Government of India.[11]


  1. Kolkata Dakshin (Lok Sabha constituency)
  2. "Council of Ministers - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". Government of India. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. "Mamata Banerjee sworn in as West Bengal chief minister". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03.
  4. Special Correspondent. "News / National : Key Ministers in Mamata's Cabinet". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  5. Archived 3 October 2012 at WebCite
  6. Our Special Correspondent (1999-03-01). "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | Mamata keeps key slots". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  7. "Mamata allots portfolios, keeps key ministries - Politics News - IBNLive". 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  8. BBC News (13 May 2011). "BBC News - India: Mamata Banerjee routs communists in West Bengal". Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  9. "Indian state election expected to end Kolkata's 34-year communist rule". London: The Guardian. April 18, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  10. "The woman taking on India's communists". BBC World News. April 15, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  11. "Detailed Profile = Km. Mamata Banerjee". Government of India. Retrieved 11 August 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lalu Prasad Yadav
Minister of Railways
Succeeded by
Dr. Manmohan Singh (pro tem)
Preceded by
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Chief Minister of West Bengal