Swearing-in to take place as Bengal Cabinet takes shape
According to Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders familiar with the matter, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet will be a blend of political veterans and young leaders, with 43 ministers expected to take oath on Monday.
TMC representatives, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mamata had prepared a list of 24 cabinet and 19 state ministers.
Despite the fact that the CM did not reveal the ministerial portfolios, party insiders believe Amit Mitra would be re-elected as finance minister, despite the fact that he did not run in the recently concluded state elections.
A top TMC leader told, “With the party winning 213 seats, Mitra can contest and emerge as a winner from any seat, including Khardah which he earlier held (and now is vacant).”
TMC leaders say that Subrata Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee, Javed Khan, and Moloy Ghatak are among the senior leaders who will likely return to the cabinet. Actor Birbaha Hansda and former cricketer Manoj Tiwary are also expected to be made ministers of state, according to the study.
Mamata must select her cabinet carefully, according to Udayan Bandopadhyay, a political science professor in Kolkata. He added, “Amit Mitra can be the finance minister but it needs to be seen who all gets charge of other important departments, education for example.”