Trinamool Congress criticises Cabinet reshuffle
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has assailed the Congress party-led UPA government for the latest reshuffle in the Cabinet, saying that it should have first established its majority in Parliament and then gone for such a major decision.
"The President had a Constitutional responsibility to ask the government to prove its majority, just as the government should have done this suo motu," senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee said hours after the induction of three Congress MPs from West Bengal as Ministers of State (MoS).
"The reshuffle decision by the central government is absolutely unconstitutional and unethical. Because this is a minority government after the withdrawal of Trinamool Congress support; this is absolutely minority government, their first duty was to go to the Parliament and go and vote and establish their majority till then they should avoid all this types of big reshuffles," he said.
"They inducted few MPs (Members of Parliament) from Bengal; among these three I know two MPs are inducted as state (junior) ministers against whom lot of inquiries are going on. In one side central government is shouting literally that we want to establish a clean government and on the other hand they are inducting unclean personalities," added Mukherjee.
The Central government announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, where 22 ministers, including ministers of states, were sworn-in.
Cabinet ministers sworn-in were K Rahman Khan, Dinsha Patel, Ajay Maken, Pallam Raju, Ashwini Kumar, Harish Rawat and Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
Ministers of State: Manish Tiwari (independent charge), K Chiranjeevi (independent charge), Shashi Tharoor, Kodikunnil Suresh, Tariq Anwar, Surya Prakash Reddy, Ranee Narah, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, AH Khan Chowdhury, Ninong Ering, Deepa Dasmunsi, S Satyanarayana, Porika Balram Naik, Killi Kruparani, Lalchand Kataria.