West Bengal News: Due to lack of full-time ministers in two major departments like Finance and Panchayat, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may reshuffle the cabinet soon.
West Bengal News: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may reshuffle the cabinet soon due to lack of full-time ministers in two major departments like finance and panchayats. New faces can be given a chance in the reshuffle. The cabinet reshuffle is likely to happen this week. In the last 11 years of Trinamool Congress rule, Mamata Banerjee has not made any changes in two departments – Finance and Panchayat and Rural Development. With the sudden death of Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra’s inability to continue as minister and MLA on grounds of health, Banerjee is left with no option but to reshuffle the cabinet.Also Read – West Bengal: Discord in BJP at its peak, Dilip Ghosh said – Those who are not happy with the leadership should leave
Sources indicated that Mitra may continue as an advisor to the finance department, where he will have the status and power of a full-time minister. Sources indicated that the CM himself may handle the finance department and there are strong indications that Mamata Banerjee’s most trusted friend Chandrima Bhattacharya may be given the status of minister of state in the finance department. Recently Chandrima has represented West Bengal in GST Council meetings and may be given additional charge, who is also the Minister of State for Health. Also Read – NIA Arrests Bangladeshi Terrorist: Bangladeshi terrorist arrested in West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee may be in talks with the finance department, but her real test will be to find a suitable person for the panchayat department. The department that has held the key to the Trinamool’s success in the last three elections. Beneficial government schemes for rural Bengal have been mostly done through the Panchayat Department. Also Read – Bypoll Results: Vote counting of 29 assembly by-elections including three Lok Sabha of the country today
There are also indications that Shobhandev Chatterjee, the agriculture minister who had resigned from the Bhawanipur assembly seat to win the CM, may get the prized posting of becoming the new panchayat minister. Chatterjee won from Khardah in North 24 Parganas by a margin of over 93,000 votes.
Udayan Guha, who won the by-election from Dinhata in Cooch Behar district by a record margin of 1.6 lakh votes, may be the new member of the ministry. Gautam Dev had handled the North Bengal Development Department in the previous cabinet, but after his defeat in the assembly elections, the very important portfolio is with the Chief Minister himself. Shabina Yasmin of Malda is the Minister of State in the department. Guha can become the new minister of this department.