Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, members of the State Cabinet, former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Left Front chairperson Biman Bose were among the dignitaries present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari was not present at the swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Bose has taken over responsibilities from Manipur Governor La. Ganesan who assumed charge of the State on July 18 when Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected Vice-President of India.
Mr. Bose is a 1977-batch former officer of the Indian Administrative Services who has served as the Secretary of Government of India and Chief Secretary to State Governments as well as University Vice-Chancellor.
The appointment of new West Bengal Governor comes at a time when serious differences between Raj Bhawan and State Government have come to fore in several States like Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Till recently, West Bengal too witnessed a similar standoff between Raj Bhawan and the State Government.
Meanwhile, the absence of Leader of Opposition at the swearing in ceremony has triggered a controversy. Mr. Adhikari had taken to social media raising objection at the seating arrangement at the swearing-in ceremony. The BJP leader said that the chair which was designated to him was next to two BJP turncoats who have defected to Trinamool Congress (TMC) after the 2021 Assembly polls.