Five rooms being furnished and decorated in secretariat; reshuffle in ministry ahead ?

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: June 30, 2020, 12:28:08 PM   

As many as five spacious rooms in the state secretariat, supposed to  be used as chambers, are  being furnished and decorated in the state secretariat for accommodating new occupants. This has heightened speculation about an impending reshuffle in the council of ministers through addition of four new incumbents in the as many vacant posts. On March 9 2018 when the swearing in ceremony of the new BJP-IPFT ministry had taken place the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had eight colleagues sworn in along with himself even though Tripura can have a maximum of twelve members in the council of ministers including the chief minister. Within a little more than a year the health minister Sudip Roy Barman was dropped from the council on May 30 last year, reducing the strength of the cabinet to only eight. Now that a reshuffle is being speculated it is not yet confirmed whether this will be done before the next assembly session slated for August this year or later.

With pressure mounting from ministerial aspirants as well as from BJP’s central observers for filling up the vacant posts, the chief minister is reported to have decided upon an expansion of the ministry though the matter is yet to be officially confirmed. Highly placed sources in BJP said that the remaining four vacant posts in the ministry will be filled up through a process of  inclusion and exclusion and there may be a change in the post of the speaker of the assembly. Refusing to confirm reports circulating on inclusion and exclusion sources hinted  that the incumbent speaker Rebati Das may be dropped in favour of veteran MLA Ratan Chakraborty who is known to be more capable and close to the chief minister but whether Rebati Das will be accommodated in any other post is still not clear. 

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