Chief Minister of West Bengal

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Chief Minister of West Bengal
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Mamata Banerjee

since 20 May 2011
StyleThe Honorable
Madam Chief Minister Her Excellency
StatusHead of Government
Member ofWest Bengal Legislative Assembly
Reports toGovernor of West Bengal
ResidenceChief Minister Abas, Kolkata[1]
SeatNabanna, Howrah[a]
AppointerGovernor of West Bengal
Term lengthAt the confidence of the assembly
Chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.[3]
Inaugural holderPrafulla Chandra Ghosh
Formation15 August 1947
(74 years ago)
(as Prime Minister of West Bengal)

The Chief of the Council of Ministers of West Bengal is the head of the executive branch of the Government of West Bengal and the representative of the federal government in the state. Under the Constitution of India, the governor is the head of state and highest figure of authority. However, it is the chief minister who exercises executive authority, alongside their Council of Ministers, of which they are the chairperson. The Chief minister is elected by the governor and usually leads the party that holds a majority in the state's legislative assembly.

References[change | change source]

  1. Arshad Ali. "Mamata may move to new CM's residence — British-era bungalow". The Indian Express. 8 October 2013. Archived on 19 July 2014.
  2. Shiv Sahay Singh. "Mamata shifts office to Nabanna". The Hindu. 6 October 2013. Archived on 21 December 2016.
  3. Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th Edition, 2011 Reprint. pp. 241, 245. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9. Note: although the text talks about Indian state governments in general, it applies for the specific case of West Bengal as well.
  1. Since October 2013 Chief Minister Banerjee has worked from the top floor of the newly constructed Nabanna building in Howrah, while Writers' Building undergoes renovation.[2]