About Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee is the first lady chief minister of West Bengal. She left INC in 1997 and formed a new party called All India Trinamool Congress called as TMC. She won the last Assembly Elections of 2011 and defeated the CPM which was ruling the state for last 34 years. She was the first lady railway minister and served the ministry for two years. The other important ministries governed by her were Women and Child Development, Ministry of Coal, Human Resource Development and Department of Youth Affaris and Sports. Has also protested against the Communist government for forceful land acquisation of farmers for the purpose of industrialization.
She was voted as the most honest leader by the movement called India Against Corruption. She is seen wearing a simple cotton saree and always have a cotton bag hung on her shoulder. She is connected with many social organization which works for the poor and needy.
Personal life of Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee was born on 5th January, 1955 to a lower middle class family in Kolkata. She has completed graduation in History Honors and Masters degree in Islamic History. She is an artistic person who paints and writes poems. Her favorite pass time is reading, listening to music and writing.
Mamata Banerjee’s entry into politics.
Mamata joined politics at a early age when she was in school and joined the Congress party. She became the general secretary of Mahila Congress in the year 1976-80.
Political Journey of Mamata Banerjee
- She was the general secretary of the Mahila Congress in West Bengal from 1976-80.
- She was the secretary of the District Congress Committee of Calcutta South from 1978-81.
- She was elected as the member of Lok Sabha in 1984 and and was made the General Secretary of the All India Youth Congress in the same year.
- She was the member of the committee which works for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from 1985-87.
- In the year 1987, she became the member of consultative Committee of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Home Affairs and National Council of All India Youth Congress.
- She became the Executive Committee Member of the Congress Parliamentary Party in 1988.
- She became the Executive Committee Member of the Pradesh Congress Committee of the state in 1989.
- She became the Youth Congress President of West Bengal in 1990.
- She was elected as a member of the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991.
- She became the Union Minister of the State for the Women and Child Development, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and Human Resource Development in the year 1991-93.
- She became the member of Home Affairs from the year 1993-96.
- She was the Consultative Committee Member of the Ministry of Home Affairs and member of committee on Public Accounts in the year 1995-96.
- She was elected as the member of the 11th Lok Sabha in the year 1996.
- She was the Member of Committee of Home Affairs and Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs from the year 1996-97.
- In the Year 1997, she left INC and formed a new party called All India Trinamool Congress and became the party president.
- She was again elected as the member of the 12th Lok Sabha in the year 1998.
- She was the Member of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Consultative Committee, member of the General Purposes Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Railways from 1998 to 1999.
- She was appointed as Member of General Purposes Committee, leader of the All India Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha and elected as member of the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.
- She remained as the Union minister of Railways from 1999-2001.
- She became the consultative member of the Ministry of Industry for the period of 2001-2003.
- She remained as the Union Minister without any specific portfolio for the time period of September 2003- January 2004.
- For a period of five months in the year of 2004 she remained as the Union Minister of Coal and Mines.
- She was elected as the member of the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004. She was made the member of Committee of Law and Justice, Public Grievances and Personel.
- She was made the member of the Home Affairs Committee in 2006.
- She was made the member of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009.
- From 31 May 2009 to 19 July 2011, she was the leader of AITC in the Lok Sabha and the Union Cabinet Minister for Railways.
- She resigned as the member of the 15th Lok Sabha in October 2011.
- She became the First woman chief minister of West Bengal by ending the 34 year old governance of Left Front Government.
Achievements of Mamata Banerjee
- Mamata Banerjee formed a new party All India Trinamool Congress AITC after getting seperated from INC in 1997.
- While being the Railway minister, she added new trains to the existing ones, increased the frequency of some trains, extended some of them and even proposed the idea of having catering service in the trains.
- She protested against the government action of snatching the land of farmers for the purpose of Industrialization.
- She introduced Duronto express trains that connected different cities among each other and special trains for ladies while she was the railway minister in 2011.
- She became the first woman chief minister of West Bengal by ending the 34 year old governance of the Marxist party in the state.
- She has written a number of books both in bengali and english languages. Some of the books written in bengali are Motherland, Trinamool, Jago Banglaa, etc and some of the books written in english language are Struggle for Existence, Smile, Slaughter of Democracy, etc.
Awards won by Mamata Banerjee
- She was mentioned as one of the 100 most Influencial People in the World by Time Magazine.
- She was called as one of the 50 Most Influencial People in the World of Finance by Bloomberg Markets magazine.