PBC News: As many as 43 MLAs of Trinamool Congress (TMC) are likely to take oath as ministers in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet in Kolkata, West Bengal on Monday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also expected to retain the Home portfolio.
According to reports, the swearing-in ceremony of ministers in West Bengal will be held Monday.
Sources say reshuffling has been done to the cabinet of ministers, given several TMC MLAs had joined the BJP before the Assembly elections began in the state.
A host of party leaders like Arup Biswas, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Arup Roy have been added to the list.
The West Bengal cabinet has 44 berths and Mamata Banerjee, including her, will have 44 ministers only, which means each minister will have a single portfolio allocated to him/her.
Earlier in the day, TMC leader Biman Banerjee was elected as Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly for the third consecutive time.
West Bengal witnessed a fierce contest between the ruling TMC and BJP across eight phases. The Samyukta Morcha comprising the Congress, Left parties and ISF has also tried to put up a strong fight. The BJP has made a concerted attempt to dislodge the TMC.
The TMC won 213 seats in the just concluded state assembly elections. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, garnered 77 seats in the 294-seat state assembly.
Elections for two seats in Murshidabad were postponed due to the demise of candidates due to COVID-19.