Mamata Banerjee to be sworn in today, Narada-tainted faces in team

Banerjee, who led the Trinamool Congress to a resounding victory in the recent assembly polls, said the portfolios are yet to be decided.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: May 27, 2016 11:37 am
mamata swearing in, Mamata banerjee, West bengal CM, West bengal live, Mamata live, mamata cm live, TMC cabinet, West bengal cabinet, india news Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress won the assembly elections bagging 211 seats. A drone is used to monitor preparations on the eve of the swearing-in ceremony, in Kolkata on Thursday. (Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and singer Indranil Sen will be among 17 new faces in Mamata Banerjee’s 42-member ministry. Mamata will take oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for a second term on Friday.

On Thursday, she met Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and submitted the list of ministers who will take oath along with her at the ceremony on Red Road here at 12.45 pm.

Officials said an elaborate security cover has been arranged for the function — around 1,000 policemen will be deployed on Red Road. This is the first time a chief minister will take oath on Red Road in an event “open to the public”.

“I have submitted the list to the honourable Governor. In all, 42 of us will take oath tomorrow. All castes, religions and districts, except Malda, will get representation. In Malda, we don’t have any representation. Out of the 42, there are a few new faces. The rest are the same,” she told reporters, adding that portfolios were yet to be decided.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Assembly election campaign rally at Jitu Jhuri in Purulia on Monday. Express photo by Subham Dutta. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Assembly election campaign rally at Jitu Jhuri in Purulia. Express photo by Subham Dutta.

Besides Sovan, Shukla and Sen, the new faces include Sovandeb Chattopadhaya, Abani Mohan Joarder, Abdur Rezzak Molla, Suvendu Adhikari, Rabindranath Ghosh.

While Narada-stung minister Firhad Hakim retained his berth, mayor Sovan, whose name also came up in the sting controversy, has been accommodated too.

“Sovan has been loyal to Mamata over the years. And as mayor, he has done a lot of work in Kolkata,” said a source. While Rezzak Molla and Siddiqullah Choudhury, instrumental in garnering Muslim support, have been rewarded, Sovandeb is likely to play a key role in dealing with trade unions in the state.

State BJP leaders have decided to stay away from the function, but Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Babul Supriyo have confirmed their presence.

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  1. M
    May 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm
    Uneducated, uncultured Minister in Uneducated prime ministers cabinet, what does she no about education, culture of India, a donkey acting to whims and fancies of her leader.
    1. R
      May 27, 2016 at 1:16 am
      Did u even read the news report above before commenting ? You up voted your own comment ! Hilarious !!! I noticed this type of comments before from paid slaves of some pappu !!!
      1. V
        May 27, 2016 at 12:28 am
        Gone are the days when the corrupt were treated as untouchables - thanks to Sonia led Congress. These days the only "untouchable" cl is UNRESERVED ONES.
        1. S
          S.K. Express
          May 27, 2016 at 5:12 am
          Narada tainted - does it matter? They are all "secular" after all.