Two new ministers inducted in Mamata government

Two new ministers including a woman from TMC were on Monday inducted in ministry of Mamata Banerjee government.

Updated: Jan 16, 2012, 21:04 PM IST

Kolkata: Two new ministers including a
woman from Trinamool Congress were on Monday inducted in her
ministry by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a
minor expansion of her nine-month old government.

MLA from Tollygunj Arup Biswas and his colleague from
North Dum Dum Chandrima Bhattacharya were sworn-in as
ministers of state in a ceremony at Raj Bhavan which was open
only to print photographers and electronic media cameramen.

Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay and a number of Banerjee`s
ministerial colleagues were present at the swearing-in, but
Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra was conspicuous
by his absence.

Asked whether he was invited to the swearing-in, Mishra
said, "I received the invitation only around 3.30 p.m. But I
am not complaining. However, there is a saying among village
folk that invitations can be sent in a manner where the
invitee does not feel encouraged to attend."

Later, asked to comment on her new role, Bhattacharya, a
lawyer said, "it is certainly a big responsibility. I am
grateful to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for considering me
eligible for ministerial responsibility."

Recalling Banerjee`s promise of doing in five years what
the erstwhile Left Front government had not been able to
achieve in 35 years, Biswas said, "I am a loyal soldier of
the Trinamool Congress. I will work with honesty and sincerity
to work for the people in turning Mamata Banerjee`s dream of a
new Bengal into reality."

PTI