Two former Congress lawmakers join Mamata ministry

  • ajay
  • 2 Years ago
  • 0  Comments
  • 17  Views
  • (0)
  • story
Two former Congress lawmakers join Mamata ministry

Related Stories

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) Months ahead of the panchayat polls in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday carried out a major ministerial reshuffle, inducting eight new ministers, including two who quit the Congress recently, besides changing some key portfolios.

One minister −− Shyamal Mandal, in charge of the Sundarbans Affairs department −− was dropped.

Most of the new joinees hail from rural areas, which are slated to go to the polls by the middle of next year to elect over 50,000 members to the crucial three−tier panchayat administration in the state.

Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Humayun Kabir, both of whom resigned as Congress legislators Tuesday, were inducted into the 18−month old Trinamool Congress ministry, in what is being seen as Banerjee's efforts to weaken her former alliance partner in its strongholds in the state.

Chowdhury, who was made cabinet minister for tourism −− a key department considering the government's ambitious plans in the sector −− had won last year's assembly election from Englishbazar in Malda district.

Kabir, sworn−in as a minister of state for animal husbandry, represented Rezinagar in Murshidabad district.

Malda and Murshidabad are considered the strongest forts of Congress in the state where the party has been steadily losing space to the Trinamool over the years.

Malda was once a pocket−borough of late railway minister Barkat Ghani Khan Chowdhury, and the strong Congress organisation there is now controlled by his family members.

The writ of Banerjee's bete noire and union minister of state for railways Adhir Chowdhury runs in Murshidabad.

Kabir's inclusion is considered a big blow to Adhir Chowdhury, as the new minister has for long been his protegee.

Governor M.K. Narayanan administered the oath of office and secrecy to 13 ministers, including two new cabinet ministers Krishnendu and Rajib Banerjee, one new minister of state (independent charge) and five fresh ministers of state.

Four ministers of state were promoted to the cabinet rank, and another to the minister of state (independent charge) status. The strength of the ministry has now gone up to 44.

The reshuffle also took care of the empty ministerial slots since six Congress ministers resigned Sep 22, after Trinamool Congress withdrew support from the Congress−led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

Peasant leader Becharam Manna, who emerged as the grassroots level face of the Banerjee−led movement against the Tata Motors Nano car plant in Hooghly district's Singur village during the last leg of the Left Front rule, was also sworn in as a minister of state.

The anti−land acquisition movements in Singur and Nandigram in East Midnapore district played a big part in Trinamool's victory in last year's assembly polls, ending the Left Front's 34−year uninterrupted rule in the state.

Rachpal Singh, who held the tourism portfolio, was shunted to the less important planning and development, agriculture minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya was moved to the Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation while the Department of Technical Education and Training was taken away from Rabiranjan Chatterjee, who will now look after only Science.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Chandrima Bhattacharya was given the additional responsibility as Minister of State of Law and Judicial Affairs (Independent Charge).

Moloy Ghatak was shifted to agriculture from law and judicial affairs.

(For updates you can share with your friends, follow Taaza News on Facebook, Twitter and Google+)

Source  news.taaza.com
Tags       join congress two

Related News

Mamata inducts two ministers, clips wings of Chatterjee

Mamata inducts two ministers, clips wings of Chatterjee Mamata inducts two ministers, clips wings of Chatterjee

news.taaza.com: (7 Months ago)

Kolkata, Dec 26 (IANS) Days after pulling up "non-performing" ministers, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday took away the cream industries and commerce portfolios from Partha Chatter... Read more

Submitted by: sanju

Two Haryana lawmakers quit

Two Haryana lawmakers quit Two Haryana lawmakers quit

news.taaza.com: (4 Months ago)

Chandigarh, March 18 (IANS) Two sitting legislators in Haryana, including one from the ruling Congress, have resigned from their seats, a spokesman of the assembly said Tuesday. Speaker Kuldeep Shar... Read more

Submitted by: akash

Two legislators, Shibu Soren's brother join Trinamool

Two legislators, Shibu Soren's brother join Trinamool Two legislators, Shibu Soren's brother join Trinamool

news.taaza.com: (5 Months ago)

Ranchi, March 3 (IANS) Two legislators supporting Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand and the brother of the ruling JMM's chief Shibu Soren joined Trinamool Congress here Monday. Bandu Tirkey of Jh... Read more

Submitted by: superpreet

Two-time BJP legislator in Himachal joins Congress

Two-time BJP legislator in Himachal joins Congress Two-time BJP legislator in Himachal joins Congress

news.taaza.com: (3 Months ago)

Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), April 13 (IANS) In a jolt to the opposition BJP, its two-time legislator Urmil Thakur Sunday joined the Congress, saying the saffron party "is not a disciplined party". ... Read more

Submitted by: sunny

Two former Congress legislators join Mamata ministry

Two former Congress legislators join Mamata ministry Two former Congress legislators join Mamata ministry

news.taaza.com: (2 Years ago)

Kolkata, Nov 21 (IANS) The 18−month−old Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal was expanded Wednesday with the inclusion of eight new ministers, including two who quit the Congress rec... Read more

Submitted by: superpreet

Two terrorists surrender in Tripura

Two terrorists surrender in Tripura Two terrorists surrender in Tripura

news.taaza.com: (4 Months ago)

Agartala, March 29 (IANS) Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, two hardcore extremists, who fled from their hideouts in Bangladesh, surrendered to the Border Security Force (BSF), an official said here ... Read more

Submitted by: sunny

Different strokes for two folks in high-tech Bangalore (Election Special)

Different strokes for two folks in high-tech Bangalore (Election Special) Different strokes for two folks in high-tech Bangalore (Elec...

news.taaza.com: (4 Months ago)

Bangalore, April 9 (IANS) In the prestigious contest for the Bangalore South constituency, where Congress' Nandan Nilekani, Infosys co-founder-turned-minister in the UPA government, is pitted against... Read more

Submitted by: arjun

Two more interlocutors shortlisted for Naga peace talks

Two more interlocutors shortlisted for Naga peace talks Two more interlocutors shortlisted for Naga peace talks

news.taaza.com: (5 Months ago)

Kohima, Feb 14 (IANS) The central government has shortlisted two more people for appointment as the interlocutor for the peace talks with the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-M... Read more

Submitted by: geetika

Mamata inducts two in her cabinet

Mamata inducts two in her cabinet Mamata inducts two in her cabinet

news.taaza.com: (7 Months ago)

Kolkata, Dec 26 (IANS) Two new ministers were Thursday inducted into the West Bengal government while a minister of state was elevated and given independent charge, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ann... Read more

Submitted by: ajay



Taaza News Subcategories

 

Subscribe to the Latest headlines

 News  Lifestyle  Technology
 Sports  Entertainment

Frequency: