Chandrima Bhattacharya to become Law minister today
Chandrima Bhattacharya will be sworn in as the state Law minister at a function to be held at the Assembly on Tuesday.
A well-known lawyer of High Court, Bhattacharya was a minister in Mamata Banerjee's Cabinet between 2011 and 2016. She lost to Tanmay Bhattacharya of the CPI(M) in 2016 Assembly election in Dum Dum North seat. Despite carrying out extensive development works in the area, she lost primarily because of infighting. Though the Trinamool Congress got 211 out of 294 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections, Banerjee was not happy with the results of some party leaders like Bhattacharya, Manish Gupta and Upen Biswas. She had then assured that they would be rehabilitated. Gupta has been made a Rajya Sabha member. The seat fell vacant after Mithun Chakraborty, actor-turned-politician resigned. Biswas is now the chairman of West Bengal Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe Development Finance Corporation.
Bhattacharya defeated Sourendra Mohan Jana by over 42,000 votes to win the Kanthi South by-election. Shortly after the election results were out last week, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was then touring Murshidabad, had announced that Bhattacharya would be made a minister in Baishak, the first month in Bengali calendar.
It was learnt that Ujjal Biswas will be inducted in the Cabinet and will be made the minister for Technical Education. Now, Ashima Podder is the Minister of State for Technical Education along with Minister of State for Land.