A blue and white high-rise in the dusty industrial township of Howrah was the cynosure of all eyes on Saturday, as it became the seat of the Mamata Banerjee government. The Chief Minister started her work from the building that will house her office and certain other important departments for some time now.

 The 14-storied Hooghly River Bridge Commissionerates (HRBC) building on the west bank of river Hooghly was decked up to welcome Ms. Banerjee, who received a guard of honour and hoisted the Tricolour before entering it. She has named it Nabanna (a new crop of paddy).  Ms. Banerjee arrived to the sound of bugles and conch-shells, accepting the greetings of waiting Ministers and senior officials.  Alongside the seasonal flowers , were elaborate security arrangements with large police force, dog squads and fire-tenders.