Agartala: Eleven MLAs — nine from the ruling BJP and two of the IPFT were on Monday sworn in as cabinet ministers of the new Manik Saha-led government in Tripura.
Governor S N Arya administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly inducted ministers of the BJP-IPFT coalition government at Raj Bhavan here.
Legislators who were sworn into the cabinet are Jishnu Dev Varma, Ratan Lal Nath, Pranajit Singha Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb, Santana Chakma, Ram Prasad Paul, Bhagaban Das, Sushanta Chowdhury, Ram Pada Jamatia all of the BJP and NC Debbarma and Prem Kumar Reang of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT)
Chief Minister Manik Saha, Union ministers Bhupender Yadav and Pratima Bhoumik, and former CM Biplab Kumar Deb were among those present at the oath-taking ceremony.
Government sources said the portfolios of the cabinet ministers would be announced later.
Of the 11 ministers, Ram Pada Jamatia of the BJP and Prem Kumar Reang (IPFT) were the only ones who did not figure in the Biplab Kumar Deb-led cabinet.
Mever Kumar Jamatia of the IPFT was dropped from the Saha-led cabinet.
The new cabinet would pursue the “unfulfilled dreams of former CM Biplab Kumar Deb”, said Sushanta Chowdhury, shortly after he was sworn in as a cabinet minister.
“Everything is moving in right direction there was just a three-day gap in between. We hope to resume work with new zeal and enthusiasm,” he told reporters.
Chowdhury, who was the information and cultural Affairs (ICA) minister of the previous cabinet, said almost all ministers who have taken oath are old-timers.
Only two new faces have been inducted into the cabinet as they were found capable for the job, he added.