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43 TMC leaders sworn-in as ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s new cabinet

Kolkota:10/5/21; In West Bengal, 43 ministers were sworn in at a simple ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata this morning. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered them the oath of office and secrecy. Out of a total of 44 ministers of the state, there are 9 women members including the CM. After the oath-taking ceremony, ministers went to the state secretariat for the first cabinet meeting.

AIR correspondent reports, in her third term, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inducted 43 members in her council of ministers. 24 are included in the cabinet while 10 are made ministers of state with independent charges. 17 new faces including 9 ministers of states have got ministerial berths for the first time.

First-time MLAs like former cricketer Manoj Tiwari and Actress of Santhali language films Birbaha Hansda have been made MoS while retired IPS Humayun Kabir, another first time MLA has become minister of state with independent charge. Sashi Panja, MoS of the earlier TMC government has been elevated to cabinet rank.

Three ministers, Amit Mitra, Bratya Basu, and Rathin Ghosh took oath virtually. Interestingly, Amit Mitra, finance minister of the earlier government has not contested this time but was sworn in today as a cabinet minister.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also lost from Nandigram seat which means, two senior ministers of the state cabinet including the CM are to face the poll once more and to be elected in the state assembly within 6 months.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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