Bengal: Several new faces among the 43 ministers likely to be sworn in on Monday | India News
CALCUTTA: Several new faces and several trusted lieutenants of the Prime Minister of West Bengal Mamata banerjee will be sworn in as ministers at the Raj Bhawan in Kolkata on Monday, a source in the Trinamool Congress saying.
A total of 43 ministers, including 19 ministers of state, are likely to be sworn in, the source said.
One of them will be Amit Mitra, who was Banerjee’s finance minister in his two previous terms since 2011, but was not a candidate in the recently concluded elections due to poor health.
However the TMC The supreme wants Mitra to return to the helm of the finance department and has plans to make him a member of the assembly through by-elections, the ruling party leader said.
Although the TMC has won by an overwhelming majority in the recent assembly elections, Banerjee herself lost Nandigram and she also needs to win a bypoll.
Veteran leaders such as Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Jyoti Priya Mallick, Moloy Ghatak, Aroop Biswas, Dr. Shashi Panja and Javed Ahmed Khan will be appointed cabinet ministers, the source said.
There will be 24 cabinet ministers.
New faces on the cabinet will include former IPS Officer Humayun Kabir, former Bengal captain Ranji Manoj Tiwari and Siuli Saha said.
While Kabir will be among 10 people to become ministers of state (independent position), Tiwari and Saha will be on the list of nine MLAs to be sworn in as ministers of state.
Banerjee is also scheduled to hold the first cabinet meeting on Monday after the swearing-in ceremony, he said.