Mamata Banerjee government: Forty-three ministers, including new faces, to sworn-in today

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Mamata Banerjee (Image: Twitter/ANI)
Mamata Banerjee (Image: Twitter/ANI)

Kolkata : Forty-three ministers, including veterans and new faces will be taking oath on Monday as part of Mamata Banerjee's team as she starts her third term as Chief Minister of West Bengal.

In the new team, 25 incumbent faces and 18 new ones will be used. Out of 43, nine will be ministers of state.

According to a media report, two ministers will take their oath virtually; Amit Mitra is not having a good health these days and Bratya Bose is currently recovering from COVID-19.

Veterans Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Sujit Bose, Chandrima Bhattacharya and Shashi Panja are back as ministers.

Manas Bhuian, who was Rajya Sabha MP and fought the Assembly poll this time, is in.

So is Akhil Giri, a loyalist from East Midnapore, turncoat Suvendu Adhikari's district, and Arup Roy from Howrah, the district of yet another rebel leader Rajib Banerjee.

Birbaha Hansda, a star of Santhali cinema who contested for the first time, is a minister of state.

Former IPS officer Humayun Kabir is on the list too as minister.

The swearing-in ceremony has been scheduled for 10:45 am on Monday at Raj Bhawan. 

Meanwhile, the governor and Mamata Banerjee are having bitter moment due to poll-poll violence in the state. 

The governor held Mamata Banerjee responsible. She said a lot of the violence was fake news and that the clashes that did take place happened when the Election Commission was in charge of law and order.