Kolkata: The much-awaited Union Cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place tomorrow at 6 pm. And MPs from West Bengal are likely to get berths in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet.
Although BJP MP from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik said that he didn’t get any official phone call or letter from the PMO, he confirmed to the Free Press Journal that he along with Bongaon MP Shantanu Thakur will be present during the reshuffle.
“I can say that Shantanu and I have been asked to be present but don’t know whether we will be included in the ministry or not,” said Nisith.
But according to BJP sources, not just Nisith and Shantanu, names of Ranaghat MP Jagannath Sarkar and Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee are also being heard to be in the fresh cabinet.
“Names of Jagannath Sarkar, Nishith Pramanick, Shantanu Thakur, Locket Chatterjee and even West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh are doing the rounds to be the part of central cabinet,” mentioned the sources.
However, in an exclusive interview with Free Press Journal, Dilip Ghosh said he wasn’t aware of the happenings and also claimed he would prefer to stay and work for West Bengal.
Incidentally, a couple of days back, amidst the demand of separate statehood of North Bengal and Jungle Mahal, TMC spokesperson and state general secretary Kunal Ghosh had questioned why there aren't more MPs from Bengal included in the central cabinet.
However, according to poll analysts, inclusion of Bongaon MP Shantanu Thakur will help the BJP to retain the Matua votes as due to the delay in implementing CAA, a section of Matua can likely rejoin TMC.
Notably, not just five states that are going for polls next year, the saffron camp is hoping big win in the 2024 Lok Sabha election especially after the poll debacle in West Bengal Assembly election.