Nine ministers, including the former BJP MP Babul Supriyo, sworn in into the West Bengal cabinet following a reshuffle by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday amid the ongoing political storm over former minister Partha Chatterjee’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The cabinet reshuffle was one of the biggest since Trinamool Congress (TMC) came into power in the state 2011.
Babul Supriyo, Partha Bhowmick, Snehasis Chakraborty, Pradip Mazumder, Tajmul Hossain, Satyajit Barman, Birbaha Hansda, Biplab Roy Chowdhury and Udayan Guha were among those inducted into the state cabinet and took oath as ministers today.
Birbaha Hansda, a tribal leader and Biplab Roy Chowdhury took oath as ministers of state with independent charge. Whereas Tajmul Hossain and Satyajit Barman were sworn in as state ministers.
Mamata Banerjee had on Monday addressed the media highlighting the cabinet reshuffling as several departments were functioning sans anyone at the helm, making the rejig necessary.
“We have to reshuffle our Cabinet. But I do not have any plan to dissolve the Cabinet and form a new one. There are several departments that have no one at the helm. We have lost ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Sadhan Pande. Partha is in jail so all their work has to be done. I alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities of all these departments,” Banerjee earlier said.
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