Laxmi Ratan Shukla, city mayor Chatterjee in Mamata ministry

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Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, retired IPS officers Abani Joardar and James Kujur and singer Indranil Sen will be among the new faces in West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s new council of ministers to be sworn in on Friday.

The strength of the ministry would be 42, including the chief minister, Banerjee announced on Thursday, after submitting the list to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Raj Bhavan.

The 17 fresh entrants in the ministry include Marxist-turned-Trinamool Congress lawmaker Abdur Rezzak Mollah, Suvendu Adhikary, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Churamoni Mahato, Tapan Dasgupta, Siddiqullah Chowdhury and Asima Patra.

Golam Rabbani, Bacchhu Hansda, Zakir Hossain, Sandhyranai Tudu and Rabindranath Ghosh are the other new inductions in Banerjee’s second ministry.

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