In the Indian state of West Bengal the first Congress party ministry to form the Government since 1967 was sworn in on Monday (March 20).
GV Calcutta street, people gathered outside Governor's House
LV People outside Governor's House during swearing in ceremony (2 shots)
SV Government Al Dias takes oath from Chief Minister Sankar Ray--repeats it in English
SV Guests at ceremony
SV Mr. J. Abedin during oath ceremony and guests listen (2 shots)
SV Mr. M. Banerji takes oath
SV Police keep crowd away from entrance
SV procession of Congressmen marching to Governor's House shouting slogans (2 shots)
SV People shouting slogans
SV Young minister waving and shouting as other ministers join crowd of demonstrators
TV Ministers mingle with demonstrators
STV Chief minister garlanded by crowd (2 shots)
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Background: In the Indian state of West Bengal the first Congress party ministry to form the Government since 1967 was sworn in on Monday (March 20).
It has 28 members, headed by Mr. Siddartha Shankar Ray, who resigned on Sunday (March 19) as Education Minister in the Central Government.
Between 1967 and the recent Sate election which returned the State to the ruling Congress Party's control, West Bengal has been plagued by unstable coalition governments and has had periods of direct rule for Delhi.
SYNOPSIS: In Calcutta, capital of the Indian State of West Bengal, a new State government was sworn in on Monday. was formed by Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi's Congress party, which won control of the State in last week's elections.
Mr. Siddarth Shankar Ray, chief Minister of the new government, took the oath before State Governor Mr. A.L. Dias, and following him a Muslim minister, Mr. Jainal Abedin ...
Mr. M. Banerji--another of the State's new 28-member government.
The Congress Party's win in West Bengal was one of its major triumph's in the recent State Elections. Since 1967, when the party last rule the turbulent State, there have been ???stable coalitions and periods of direct rule by the central government in Delhi.The State has long been a Communist stronghold.
The new administration is characterised by youth. Its leader, Mr. Ray, was until Sunday central government minister, responsible for Education and Social Welfare. He resigned to lead the new West Bengal administration at the urging of Mrs. Gandhi herself.