Date of Birth: 05-Jan-1955
Place of Birth: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Mamata Banerjee is currently serving as Chief Minister of West Bengal and Chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress Party. She became the first women to hold the office of Chief Minister of the state of West Bengal after winning 2011 bye elections in the state from Bhabanipur ,Vidhan Sabha constituency.
She is very well known as “Didi” and always wears simple clothes without any jewelleries.
Daughter of freedom fighter late Promileswar Banerjee, Mamata forayed into politics when she joined West Bengal Chhatra Parishad, student wing of Congress, while studying at the Jogmaya Debi College in Kolkata in 1970s. Graduating to party politics, she was General Secretary of West Bengal Mahila Congress in 1979-80 and subsequently held other posts in Congress.
In 1984, she contested the Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket from Jadavpur and won against veteran Left leader Somnath Chatterjee. Later she also became the General-Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress.
In 1989, She lost Lok Sabha elections.
In 1991, She won from Calcutta South Constituency and served as Union Minister of state for Human Resources Development, Youth Affairs and Sports and Women and Child Development in the P V Narasimha Rao government.
In 1997, She left Indian National Congress Party to form a new party, All India Trinamool Congress Party.
In 1998, She won same seat again.
In 1999, She again won the seat, Joined BJP-led NDA and served as First Women Railway Minister of India.
In 2001, She took the decision to quit the NDA govt and allied with the Congress Party for West Bengal’s 2001 elections but lost.
In 2004, She was again elected from the same constituency and served as Minister for Coal and Mines with NDA.
In 2009, She allied with UPA led by Indian National Congress and contested Loksabha elections.
In 2011 bye election of West Bengal All India Trinamool Congress won majority of seats and Mamata Bannejee joined chief minister office of west bengal.