On May 20, when she is sworn in, she will have stormed a male bastion to become Bengal's first woman chief minister.
Then, as Bengal slid into internecine chaos, Banerjee raised an inspired call: "Poriborton!"
Across Bengal, those who had once deemed her an affront have voted her in with a thumping majority.
region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.