Manik Sarkar Sworn In As Tripura CM for the Fourth Time
Manik Sarkar was today sworn in by Governor D Y Patil for a fourth straight term as Chief Minister to head the fifth consecutive Left Front government in Tripura along with 11 ministers.
The other ministers who took the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan were Aghore
Debbarma, Badal Chowdhury, Tapan Chakraborty, Manik De, Jitendra Chowdhury, Khagendra
Jamatiya, Manindra Reang, Bijita Nath, Shahid Chowdhury, Bhanu Lal Saha and Ratan
Saha, who was the deputy speaker and Bhowmick, were the two new faces in the ministry.
Information and Higher Education minister in the earlier government, Anil
Sarkar, who was elected uninterruptedly since Tripura was declared a full fledged state in 1972, was dropped this time because he will be made the vice-president of the Planning Department of the state.
CPI(M) Politburo members Sitaram Yechury and Surjya Kanta Mishra, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
The Chief Minister told reporters later that the portfolios will be distributed after a meeting of the council of ministers tonight.
Congratulating the people for the victory of the Left Front, Sarkar said, "There will be no wall between the people and the government.
"The Left Front government will be a people's government," he said, adding he expected cooperation from the Opposition.
Later, portfolios were distributed with the chief minister retaining Home (excluding Jail and Fire Services), Planning and Coordination, General Administration (excluding Printing and Stationery) and other departments not allocated.
Badal Chowdhury was alloted Finance and Revenue and PWD.
Jitendra Chowdhury was given Industries and Commerce and IT and Forest.
Aghore Debbarma was given Agriculture and Tribal Welfare and Animal Resources.
Tapan Chakraborty was given Education (School), Health and Family Welfare and Law.
Bhanu Lal Saha was given Education (Higher), Food and Civil Supplies, Information and Culture and Election.
Manik De was given Power, Urban Development Rural Development and Transport.
Khagendra Jamatiya was given Fisheries and Cooperation and Home (Fire Service).
Manindra Reang was given Home (Jail), General Administration (Printing and stationary)
Bijita Nath was given Welfare of OBC, Social Welfare Science and Technology.
Shahid Chowdhury was given Welfare of Minorities, Labour and Sports and Youths.
Ratan Bhowmick was given SC Welfare, Tourism and PWD (Drinking water and sanitation).
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