5 more from Congress join Mamata Cabinet

*All sworn in as ministers of state, Cong count up at 7

Five ministers of state from Congress were sworn in today at Raj Bhawan, taking the total count of ministers at 44 and the Congress count to seven. Two Congress MLAs, Manas Bhunia and Abu Hena, were sworn in on May 20 as Cabinet ministers in Mamata Banerjee's ministry.

The ministers sworn in today include two first-time MLAs, one Youth Congress candidate, and all are from Congress strongholds of Malda, Mursidabad, North Dinajpur and North Bengal, indicating that the party has done a fine balancing act to keep all groups and factions happy.

Other than Pramath Nath Roy, who is a three-time MLA and has served the party for over two decades, the newly inducted ministers have not been associated with the party for long. While Sunil Chandra Tirkey and Sabina Yeasmin are first-time MLAs, Manoj Chakraborty is a second-time MLA and Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury became an MLA only in 2009.

Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury and Sabina Yeasmin are from Malda district.

Yeasmin, the MLA from Mothabari and also the Sabhidhipati of Malda Zilla Parishad, fought elections as a Youth Congress candidate. She is the third women in the 44-member Cabinet headed by Mamata Banerjee, the other being Sabitri Mitra, Trinamool MLA from Manikchak in Malda.

Going by the region-wise representation, Murshidabad, which has 14 Congress MLAs, should have two ministers, and so Manoj Chakraborty was included in the list. The other minister from Murshidabad is Abu Hena, leader of Congress Legislative Party in state Assembly.

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