Mamata Banerjee Announces Cabinet Reshuffle Amid ED Probe Into Minister

It may be noted that the West Bengal government had sacked Partha Chatterjee from his ministerial position on July 28 after his arrest by the ED.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | FILE
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | FILE

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that there will be cabinet reshuffle in the state on Wednesday with four or five new faces likely.

This comes after the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) raids on former state education minister Partha Chatterjee and his associates in a teacher recruitment scam.

Banerjee said, “We lost ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Sadhan Pande. Partha is in jail so all their work has to be done. Not possible for me to handle alone.”

She said that they don’t plan to dissolve the entire cabinet and form a new one. Stating that the number of districts have increased in the state from 23 to 30, the Bengal CM mentioned that many were writing to her.

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“Earlier there were 23 districts in Bengal now it has been increased to 30. The 7 new districts include - Sunderban, Ichhemati, Ranaghat, Bishnupur, Jangipur, Behrampur and one more district will be named in Basirhat. Many of them are writing a lot,” said Banerjee.

It may be noted that the West Bengal government had sacked Partha Chatterjee from his ministerial position on July 28 after his arrest by the ED.

Meanwhile, the tainted minister has maintained his innocence stating that all of it was a conspiracy to frame him. The Mamata Banerjee-led government has also received a lot of flak after the ED raids revealed crores worth cash and huge stashes of gold from Chaterjee and his associate Arpita Mukherjeee.

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