West Bengal cabinet reshuffle: Babul Supriyo among nine sworn ministers

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Supriyo, along with Snehasis Chakraborty, Partha Bhowmik, Udayan Guha and Pradip Majumdar were sworn in as ministers in Raj Bhavan by Governor La Ganesan

Babul Supriyo, eight others are sworn in as minister in the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal. ANI

Kolkata: Nine MLAs, including Babul Supriyo, were sworn in as minister in West Bengal on Wednesday, in a major reshuffle of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet.

Supriyo, along with Snehasis Chakraborty, Partha Bhowmik, Udayan Guha and Pradip Majumdar were sworn in as ministers in Raj Bhavan by Governor La Ganesan.

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Birbaha Hansda, a tribal leader, and Biplab Roy Chowdhury have been sworn in as state ministers with independent charges.

Tajmul Hossain and Satyajit Barman were sworn in as ministers of state.

Mamata Banerjee had announced the reshuffle of the cabinet on Monday. She had stated that the new cabinet would include four to five new faces and keep a similar number of current cabinet members for party work.

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Banerjee carried out a major restructuring within the party on Monday, replacing the leaders of 16 of the 35 organizational districts. Several “non-achievers” were fired, while several others had their organizational responsibilities lifted.

The restructuring is seen as an attempt by the investigated party for a job scam to improve its reputation.

Partha Chatterjee was relieved of ministerial duties after his arrest. Piles of money were recovered from the two properties of his assistant, Arpita Mukherjee, making the government the target of controversy. Chatterjee handled five major departments, including industry, commerce and enterprise, and parliamentary affairs.

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(With input from agencies)

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