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Bengal: Mamata reshuffles her cabinet

Posted on Nov 21, 06:14PM | IBNS

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inducted eight new ministers as her 18-month-old ministry in the state was reshuffled on Wednesday, reports said.

Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Humayun Kabir, who quit the Congress to join the Mamata's Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday, were included in the ministry.

The reshuffle took place to fill up the six ministries that became vacant following the resignation of the Congress ministers after their party pulled out from Mamata's government in September.

In a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here, thirteen ministers that included five existing ministers took oath.

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers.

Mamata was present at the event.

Five Ministers of State were promoted to the Cabinet rank. They included Madan Mitra, Arup Biswas, Subrata Saha, Manjulkrishna Thakur and Chandrima Bhattacharya.

Humayun Kabir, Monturam Pakhira, Giasuddin Mollah, Pundarikakshya Saha, Becharam Manna and Swapan Debnath are the six new Ministers of State.

Pertinently, the state government completed its 18 months in office on Tuesday.

The reshuffle occurred ahead of the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.