'Madan Mitra was…’: TMC MP attacks Mamata Banerjee cabinet rejig

Updated on Sep 18, 2022 07:49 PM IST

Madan Mitra had been the sports and youth affairs and transport minister between 2011 and 2015 before being remanded to jail in connection with a chit fund scam.

Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra with supporters during a protest.(PTI file)
Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra with supporters during a protest.(PTI file)
By, New Delhi

Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee, a footballer-turned-politician, has sparked a row by expressing surprise on why party colleague and Kamarhati MLA Madan Mitra was not considered for the West Bengal sports portfolio in recent rejig in the Mamata Banerjee cabinet.

Sharing a stage with Mitra at a party programme at Bally in Howrah district, Banerjee, the former Indian football captain, said he was surprised at the decision, as Mitra had been “the best sports minister” since the TMC came to power.

Mitra had been the sports and youth affairs and transport minister between 2011 and 2015 before being remanded to jail in connection with a chit fund scam.

In a video, which went viral on social media, Banerjee, the Howrah MP, is seen saying, "I don't mind if my comments make anyone upset. To my knowledge, Madan Mitra was the best sports minister in the state cabinet. No idea why he had been overlooked in recent reshuffles despite being elected with people's mandate."

Mitra, standing beside Banerjee, seemed embarrassed but folded his hands as the audience clapped.

Reacting to Banerjee's comments, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen said who will be included in the cabinet is the prerogative of the chief minister. “Let me say unequivocally, the CM has the authority to decide about the cabinet and portfolios in the best interest of the state,” he said.

BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar said the MP's comments point to an increasing rift within the TMC.

The Indian Express reported that TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said what Banerjee said was his personal opinion. “How to organise the cabinet, its dynamics, it is the privilege of the Chief Minister.”

Trinamool heavyweight Aroop Biswas is the incumbent sports minister, while cricketer-turned-politican Manoj Tiwary is the minister of state for sports in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Have 11 years' experience in print and digital media. Write on politics, defence and world affairs, and have a keen eye for human-interest stories.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals