Tripura: 11 MLAs are sworn in as ministers

Tripura: On Monday, eleven MLAs from the ruling BJP and two from the IPFT were sworn in as cabinet ministers in Tripura's new Manik Saha-led administration. At Raj Bhavan, Governor S N Arya administered the oath of office and confidentiality to the newly inducted ministers of the BJP-IPFT coalition government.

Jishnu Dev Varma, Ratan Lal Nath, Pranajit Singha Roy, Manoj Kanti Deb, Santana Chakma, Ram Prasad Paul, Bhagaban Das, Sushanta Chowdhury, Ram Pada Jamatia of the BJP, and NC Debbarma and Prem Kumar Reang of the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) were among those sworn-in to the cabinet. Chief Minister Manik Saha,
The cabinet ministers' portfolios will be announced later, according to government sources. The only two ministers who did not make the Biplab Kumar Deb-led cabinet were BJP's Ram Pada Jamatia and IPFT's Prem Kumar Reang.

The IPFT's Mever Kumar Jamatia was dropped from the Saha-led cabinet. Sushanta Chowdhury, immediately after being sworn in as a cabinet minister, stated that the new cabinet would follow the "unfulfilled goals of former CM Biplab Kumar Deb."  Almost all of the ministers who have taken oath are old-timers, said Chowdhury, who was the previous cabinet's information and culture affairs (ICA) minister. "Only two new faces have been inducted into the cabinet," he added, "since they were judged capable for the job."

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