Cabinet Reshuffle: West Bengal MPs-combo of caste, age, merit and humble background
Bengaluru: After Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, two non-BJP states- West Bengal and Maharashtra- each have four ministerial berths in the new Modi Cabinet.
Poll-bound BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have got seven and five ministerial berths, respectively. Both states will go to poll in 2022. Hence, both the states have deservedly got more portfolios.
West Bengal presents different story. Surprisingly, all four newly inducted ministers from West Bengal are first-term MPs.
Nisith Pramanik,35, Lok Sabha MP for Cooch Behar, is the youngest amongst the four, followed by Shantanu Thakur, 38, representing Bongaon. Thirty-five-year old Nisith Pramanik is a Lok Sabha MP for Cooch Behar. He is also serving his 1st term as MP. He has also worked as an Assistant Teacher in a Primary School.
Shantanu Thakur comes from the Matua community, politically significant in West Bengal. Matua strongholds, part of the 24 North Parganas, Bongaon sub-division, Nadia, Coochbehar, Dinajpur and Burdwan, among others, are a battleground for the between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
The senior most leader amongst four ministers is Subhas Sarkar 67, who holds MBBS degree. He is a first term MP for Bankura and a Gynaecologist and board member of AIIMS Kalyani. Sarkar is Engaged in public life for around nearly five decades and was associated with Ramakrishna Mission.
Lastly, John Barla, Lok Sabha MP for Alipurduar, serving his first term as MP. He has worked tirelessly for the rights of tea garden workers, primarily in North Bengal and Assam for two decades.
BJP, which won 77 seats in the recently concluded assembly elections, seemed to have picked young Turks' and new faces for the growth of the saffron base.
BJP MP from West Bengal Babul Supriyo resigned as junior minister in the Environment Ministry. In a post on Facebook, the former Minister of State said he is "extremely happy" that he left the stint "without a spot of corruption on me".
Supriyo congratulated some leaders from Bengal who are going to be part of the refreshed Union cabinet, and added - "I am surely sad for myself."