The Left parties hope that the new government led by Mamata Banerjee will work for the interests of the people and protect peace and democracy in West Bengal.

“A new government has been formed. We expect it to work for the interests of the people of West Bengal and the safeguard the rights of the working people,” said Biman Bose, Chairman of the State's Left Front Committee, here on Friday soon after Ms. Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Miniser.

The Left expects her “to protect democracy, ensure peace and work towards the State's development”, he added.

Mr Bose, who is also the State Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said the Left parties have always shown courtesy in the State.

“Those in the Left have always shown courteous behaviour…They have and will do so. There should be no doubt on this,” he said, apparently on the matter of its future relations with the new government.

PTI adds:Political observers said that in other States the simple gesture of Opposition party leaders attending swearing-in ceremonies would be perfectly normal, but in West Bengal it assumed a special significance as the CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress rarely saw eye to eye.

During the election campaign, former MP Anil Basu's use of filthy language against Ms. Banerjee was severely criticised by the Election Commission. Even Mr. Bose and some CPI(M) leaders as well as some from the Trinamool camp were accused of using unparliamentary language. Mr. Bose had even refused to congratulate the Trinamool Congress supremo after her party's landslide victory on May 13. While senior Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee had personally gone to. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's residence to invite him and his wife, letters were sent to others inviting them to attend the ceremony.

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