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Mamata Banerjee makes crucial changes in West Bengal Cabinet after poll Debacle

Days after poll debacle in the recently held national polls, TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday reshuffle her cabinet and made major changes.

Among the major Changes that Mamata Banerjee brought-in includes, State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikary has been given additional charges of the departments of Irrigation and the Water Resources Investigation and Development (WRI&D).

Mamata Banerhee speaking at the secretariat said that Lawmaker Bratya Basu is entrusted with one more portfolio of the Forest Department along with his current Science and Technology and Biotechnology Department.

While Somen Mahapatra who was looking after the Water Resources Investigation & Development, has now been appointed with charges of Environment and Pollution and the Public Health Engineering Department (PHE).

Sujit Bose who was serving as Minister for Fire Department has been now shifted to Minister of State of the Forest Department.

Among other major changes announced by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee include the reshuffling of portfolios of Rajib Banerjee, while many legislators have been entrusted with additional charges in the State Cabinet.

Rajin Banerjee who had earlier appointed as the in-charge of the Backward Class Welfare Department, has now been asked to look after the SC, ST and the Tribal Affairs Department of the state.

Subrata Mukherjee, who lost to BJP candidate from Bankura Lok Sabha Seat will continue as Panchayat Minister. While the responsibilty of labour and law department in the state has been given to Moloy Ghatak, a lawmaker from Asansol Uttar Assembly Constituency.

While many ministers are kept without any charge including Former Forest Department Minister Binay Krishna Barman and Western Region Development Minister Shantiram Mahato.

The development came days after the results of national polls, in which West Bengal saw a surge of saffron wave who has increased its vote share from 17% to 40% in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently concluded national polls made a big dent on Mamata’s Stronghold West Bengal. The saffron party managed to give a big jolt to Mamata Banerjee‘s TMC by winning 18 seats out of total 42 Lok Sabha Seats of the state. BJP in 2014 national polls won only two seats out of the total 42 Lok Sabha Seat.

The ruling TMC won 22 seats down from 34 in 2014.

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