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Little investment in Bengal,Partha set to get the boot

After he would be done hosting the industrial meet in Mumbai on August 1,minister for commerce and industries Partha Chatterjee

After he would be done hosting the industrial meet in Mumbai on August 1,minister for commerce and industries Partha Chatterjee,considered number 2 in the state cabinet,may lose his portfolio.

The axe would fall on him for failing to attract investments to the state in the two-and-a-half years that the government has been in power. This year’s Economic Review released by the state finance department stated that investment worth just Rs 312 crore came to Bengal in the last one year.

Chatterjee would be assigned the job of looking after party affairs,a top source in the state government revealed today,adding he was most likely to be replaced by Amit Mitra who would continue to hold the Finance portfolio.

The Excise Department held by Mitra will go to Power Minister Manish Gupta.

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“Chatterjee has cut a sorry figure as minister. If Amit Mitra,a former FICCI secretary general,is put in charge of the department,it will bode well for the government,’’ a senior party MP told The Indian Express.

MP Saugata Roy,who was made Chief Minister Mamata’s adviser on industries following the Trinamool Congress’s withdrawal of support from the UPA government,had to quit following a tiff with Chatterjee. Though Roy was requested to take up the post again,he refused.

The cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place in the second week of August.

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Two other ministers,Minister for Education Bratya Basu and Minister for Agriculture Moloy Ghatak,are likely to be moved to Department of Information and Culture and Department of Small-scale Industries,respectively.

First published on: 27-07-2013 at 02:44 IST
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