|8th Chief Minister of West Bengal|
20 May 2011
|Governor||M. K. Narayanan
D. Y. Patil (Acting)
Keshari Nath Tripathi
|Preceded by||Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee|
|Minister of Railways|
22 May 2009 â€“ 19 May 2011
|Preceded by||Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Succeeded by||Dinesh Trivedi|
|Member of Parliament
for Kolkata Dakshin
|Preceded by||Biplab Dasgupta|
|Succeeded by||Subrata Bakshi|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Somnath Chatterjee|
|Succeeded by||Malini Bhattacharya|
|Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly for Bhabanipur|
|Preceded by||Subrata Bakshi|
5 January 1955 |
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Political party||All India Trinamool Congress (1997â€“present)|
|Indian National Congress (Before 1997)|
|Residence||Kolkata, West Bengal|
|Alma mater||University of Calcutta|
I never supported violence. Before the formation of TMC, I was a member of the Congress Party. Gandhi's Congress. Non-violence is a philosophy that runs deep.
Few states, they have the international borders, state borders; in India, there is so much diversity in system. Unity in diversity is our system, so therefore, you cannot take for granted, whatever you do.
Our policy is very clear: whatever policy will suit the people, whatever policy will suit the circumstances, whatever policy will suit my state.
Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked.
I am not God. Nor am I Phantom. I am ready to accept any criticism. I have been in politics for decades. Each and every day, in several media, there is criticism of me.
I have seen in my life, I have struggled so much. I did not get support from anyone.
Our party, I can tell you, is very transparent; we believe in our credentials. Our credentials are our only credibility; we are not going to compromise on that; we are the commoners.
We are from the very middle class family. We have not come from the English medium school. We came from our regional languages school.