File photo of Mevar Kumar Jamatia

Agartala: Unlike his predecessor Biplab Kumar Deb, new Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha has constituted his new cabinet with full strength of 12 members with no major changes. However, former Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia failed to get a berth in the new cabinet.

All the ministers of the Biplab Kumar Deb cabinet, barring Mevar Kumar Jamatia of IPFT, have been given a place in the new cabinet. Jamatia has been replaced by another IPFT MLA Prem Kumar Reang while the only vacant seat went to Rampada Jamatia.

The oath-taking ceremony of the new council of ministers is slated to take place on Monday at RaJ Bhavan in presence of senior party leaders, MLAs, elected representatives and higher officials of all the departments.

It is may be mentioned here that after the formation of the first BJP government in 2018, BJP did not fill up all the cabinet posts. Out of 12 posts, only nine ministers were inducted in the cabinet. Moreover, Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman was dropped from the cabinet within a year and half, thereby reducing the cabinet strength to eight.

Later in 2021, three new faces were inducted in the Biplab Kumar Deb cabinet in the form of Sushanta Chowdhury, Ram Prasad Paul and Bhagaban Chandra Das. All of them were later given important portfolios.

All the BJP MLAs, who became ministers in Biplab Deb cabinet, have been once again inducted in the new council of ministers, while there has been a change in case of the IPFT.

IPFT President NC Debbarma has also been inducted in the new cabinet. Jamatia, who is likely to be expelled from the party soon, has been replaced by a junior MLA of his party Prem Kumar Reang. With Rampada Jamatia’s entry into the cabinet, BJP’s strength increased from nine to ten in the twelve-member cabinet. 

Chief Minister Manik Saha-led new cabinet includes IPFT’s NC Debbarma and Prem Kumar Reang, BJP’s Ratan Lal Nath, Pranajit Singha Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb, Santana Chakma, Ram Prasad Paul, Bhagaban Ch Das, Sushanta Chowdhury and Rampada Jamatia,

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