Giant killers find berth in Mamata cabinet

Manish Gupta and Amit Mitra, who defeated former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta respectively found berth in the new cabinet headed by Mamata Banerjee.

Kolkata: Manish Gupta and Amit Mitra, who
defeated former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and
Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta respectively in the West Bengal
Assembly elections, on Friday found berth in the new cabinet
headed by Mamata Banerjee.

Gupta, former chief secretary, and Mitra, former FICCI
secretary general, won from the key constituencies of Jadavpur
and Khardah respectively.

Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhya, another giant killer who
trounced former Industry Minister Nirupam Sen, also found a
cabinet berth besides playwright Bratya Basu, who defeated
another minister Gautam Deb.

In the 38-member two-tier ministry, three IPS officers
HA Sawfi, Rachpal Singh and Upen Biswas were also inducted.

Nure Alam Chowdhury, a former judge of Calcutta High Court
found a berth in the new cabinet sworn in today.

Portfolios of other cabinet ministers and ministers of
state would be announced soon, the chief minister told her
maiden press conference after holding the first cabinet
meeting at the Writers` Buildings.

"I will keep some departments with me," Banerjee
said without disclosing the ones she would keep.

A few days ago, Banerjee had said that she would like
to hold the Home, Health and Education departments.

"Congress (Trinamool Congress ally) will communicate
the names of five ministers of state," Banerjee added.

PTI

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