GUWAHATI: Eight of Assam’s 14 ministers, who held portfolios until Monday, have been dropped, as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi forms his new ministry on Friday.
Governor P B Acharya will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers, including six new faces, at the Raj Bhavan. On January 19, the ministers had resigned en bloc to facilitate the long-pending reshuffle of the Gogoi-led Congress Government.
They would be replaced by Chandan Sarkar, Etuwa Munda, Sarat Borkotoky, Girindra Mallick, Bishmita Gogoi, Sumitra Patir, Sukur Ali and Bhumidhar Barman. Barman is a former Chief Minister while Borkotoky is a former minister.
Those retained include Rockybul Hussain, Khorsing Engti, Nazrul Islam, Ajanta Neog, Basanta Das and Ajit Singh.
Gogoi loyalist Hussain, who was the state’s Forest Minister prior to the en masse resignations, has been retained, despite demands for his removal over his inability to prevent the recent spate of poaching incidents at Kaziranga.
“We have submitted the list of the ministers to the Governor. The swearing-in will take place on Friday,” Dutta told reporters here on Thursday.
He said four more legislators would be inducted into the ministry in February ahead of the Budget session of the Assembly. “We are all united. There is no dissidence now,” he claimed.
A group of rebel Congress legislators had for long demanded the reshuffle of the ministry. But Gogoi picked just two of them in the new ministry.