West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is set to reshuffle the cabinet today and redistribute arrested minister Partha Chatterjee’s portfolios. The CM will bring in several new faces, including women leaders, who were given responsibilities of district organization of TMC. According to sources, about six ministers will be dropped. Ministers who will be dropped will be given more responsibility in the Trinamool Congress organisation, party insiders said.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday night wrote to Banerjee expressing concern over the alleged irregularities in teachers’ recruitment in West Bengal and asking her to take corrective action.
“The irregularities found in the teacher recruitment scam of West Bengal will certainly hamper the quality of education and demotivate the future generation,” Pradhan said, adding “I sincerely urge you to take necessary corrective measures to restore the confidence of the people.”
As part of its probe into Chatterjee’s involvement in the multi-crore teacher recruitment scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday visited another residence of the former minister’s aid, Arpita Mukherjee.
Here are the updates in Bengal SSC scam case:
• TMC sources told News18 Ballygunge MLA Babul Supriyo, Naihati legislator Partha Bhowmick, Zakir Hussain from Murshidabad, Biplab Roy Chowdhury of West Panskura, Udayan Guha from Dinhata, Satyajit Barman from Hemtabad, Pradeep Majumdar from Durgapur East, and Snehasis Chakraborty from Jangipara are likely to get cabinet berths.
• The ED raided a 3BHK flat owned by Arpita Mukherjee on Tuesday and discovered 3 beds in each room. Officials are yet to find out the reason for having three beds in each of the rooms.
• Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote to CM Banerjee expressing concern over the scam. In his letter, Pradhan cited instances of irregularities in the appointment of teachers through the State Level Selection Test (SLST). He also assured Banerjee of the central government’s continuous support and highest consideration to ensure access to quality education for all children in West Bengal.
• A middle-aged woman attempted to throw her shoes at Chatterjee on Tuesday as he was being escorted out ESI Hospital in Joka by ED officials. The woman, Shubra Ghorui, is said to have harboured anger against Chatterjee after the seizure of around Rs 50 crore in cash, along with jewellery, by the Enforcement Directorate from two apartments owned by Arpita Mukherjee.