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5 Muslims in Mamata's 43-member team

Friday May 20, 2011 09:30:31 PM, & Agencies

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Kolkata: The 43-member cabinet which took oath of the office Friday along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, included five Muslims from the ruling alliance leader Trinamool Congress Party.


The newly elected West Bengal assembly has a total of 59 Muslim MLAs belonging to the ruling and opposition political groups.

The Muslim ministers inducted in the Mamata cabinet are Haidar Aziz Safwi, Javed Ahmed Khan, Abdul Karim Chowdhury, Firad Hakim and Noor Alam Chowdhury.

Clad in a simple white sari and wearing a tricolor ‘uttariya’ (long scarf), that has by now now become her trade mark, Ms. Banerjee took the oath in Bengali in the name of God.

Most of the cabinet ministers took the oath in Bengali, except Firhad Hakim and Javed Ahmed Khan who took it in English, Abdul Karim Chowdhury in Urdu and Sukumar Hansda in Santhali.

Karim Chowdhury, H.A. Sawfi, Firhad Hakim and Abu Henna took the oath in the name of Allah. Upen Biswas took the oath in the name of Buddha.

Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, the chief minister joined the Governor for tea.

Earlier, huge crowds gathered on both sides of the road from Kalighat to Raj Bhavan and waved and blew conches as Ms. Banerjee’s convoy drove by.

The police erected barricades along the Council House Street to Writers’ Buildings and before the Eden Gardens.

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Subrata Bakshi, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Sadhan Pande, Upen Biswas, Rabindranath Bhattacharjee, Sabitri Mitra, Haidar Aziz Safwi, Rabiranjan Chatterjee, Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, Sukumar Hansda, Arup Roy, Chandranath Singha, Manish Gupta, Amit Mitra, Purnendu Bose, Subrata Saha, Javed Khan, Bratya Basu, Sankar Chakraborty, Kashinath Mishra, Santiram Mahato, Hiten Barman, Goutam Deb, Rachpal Singh, Abdul Karim Chowdhury, Firad Hakim, Jyotipriya Mallick, Ujjal Biswas, Noor Alam Chowdhury, Moloy Ghatak, Manjul Krishna Thakur, Shyamal Mandal, Madan Mitra, Shyamapada Mukherjee and Soumen Mahapatra.





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