Mamata Banerjee initiated her career in politics with Congress (I), and as a youthful woman in the 1970s; she rapidly ascended in the position of the local Congress group, and maintained the post of General Secretary of Mahila Congress (I), West Bengal, since1976 till 1980.
During the 1984 Parliamentary Election, Mamata Banerjee turned out to be one of the youngest MP ever in India, defeating veteran Communist political leader Somnath Chatterjee, from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha Constituency in West Bengal. She as well held the post of the General Secretary of the All India Youth Congress. She lost her seat in 1989 in an anti Congress wave; she again won during 1991 general elections, having established into the Calcutta South constituency. She held on to the Kolkata South seat in the 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 Parliamentary elections.
In the Government formed in 1991 headed by Narsimha Rao as Prime Minister, Mamata Banerjee was in charge of the Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, along with Women and Child Development. As the Minister of Sports, she pronounced that she would give up her job, and complaint in a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, against lack of concern of the Government towards her suggestion for the betterment of sports in the country. She was released of her portfolios in 1993.
In 1996, Mamata Banerjee suspected that Pradesh Congress was performing as subordinate of the CPI (M) in Bengal. She asserted that she was the solitary voice of objection and sought after an unsoiled Congress. At a rally at Kolkata, Miss Mamata Banerjee enfolded a shawl round the neck and made a warning to sacrifice her life.
During July 1996, Mamata Banerjee crouched at the well of Lok Sabha to complaint against the climb in petroleum price; nevertheless she was a fraction of the Government. In that very instant she caught hold of the collar of Amar Singh, M.P. of Samajwadi Party, in the well of the parliament.
In February 1997, on the date of staging of Railway Budget in Lok Sabha, Mamata Banerjee tossed her shawl at the Ram Vilas Paswan the then Railway Minister for his disregard for West Bengal and pronounced her resignation. Lok Sabha Speaker, P. A. Sangma, did not acknowledge her resignation and requested her to make an apology. Afterward she returned back as Santash Mohan Deb intervened.
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