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Mamata likely to be new Rail Minister; TC to get six MoS

Trinamool Congress is believed to have reached an agreement with Congress on allocation of ministerial portfolios with party chief Mamata Banerjee likely to get Railways at the level of cabinet in the new government. Party sources said TC, which has 19 seats in the LS and is the largest constituent in the UPA after Congress, is likely to get six more slots at the level of MoS.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2009 11:18 PM IST

Trinamool Congress is believed to have reached an agreement with Congress on allocation of ministerial portfolios with party chief Mamata Banerjee likely to get Railways at the level of cabinet in the new government.

Party sources said TC, which has 19 seats in the Lok Sabha and is the largest constituent in the UPA after Congress, is likely to get six more slots at the level of Ministers of State.

Apart from Banerjee, the other likely entrants into the government are Sougata Roy, Sultan Ahmed, Dinesh Trivedi, Mukul Roy, Shishir Adhikari and Choudhury Mohan Jatua.

Debutant MP Adhikari, representing Kontai constituency in which Nandigram falls, is likely to get the portfolio of rural development as Minister of State with independent charge.

"There are no water and no roads. Addressing such issues will be my priorities if I get the rural development portfolio," Adhikari told PTI.

Uluberia MP Ahmed is tipped to be the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

When approached, Ahmed said, "if given the chance, I would work for upliftment of minorities which is a national issue."

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