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Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra likely to step down

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Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra is likely to resign from his ministerial position due to ill health. Mitra, an economist, who has been Bengal’s finance minister since 2011, is also going to retire from active politics.

The septuagenarian had refrained from contesting this year’s Assembly election, but due to party chief Mamata Banerjee’s insistence, he took the responsibility of the finance department. Apart from finance, he had also held the industry portfolio from 2014-2021.

A senior party leader said, “Amit Da will not continue as the state finance minister as he will be completing six months in the post without being elected on November 4. He has already informed the party leadership that he doesn’t want to continue in politics and administration due to ill health.”

“But, due to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s insistence, Mitra had taken charge as the finance minister of the state after the party returned to power for the third time  in May this year.”

Amit Mitra’s absence

Due to ill health, Mitra was not present in the vote-on-account in February and state budget last week. Although the budget was prepared by him, the chief minister had presented the vote-on-account in February and state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee had tabled the state budget last week.

Mitra, a former FICCI secretary-general, has been part of Banerjee’s close decision-making team since 2009 when the TMC was part of the UPA-2 and she was the railway minister. After the party came to power in West Bengal in 2011, Mitra has been part of Banerjee’s cabinet and was given the charge of making a financial turnaround of the debt-ridden state.

Mamata Banerjee to keep finance

Another TMC leader confirming the development said that the chief minister is likely to keep the ministry with her for some time before appointing the next finance minister. Mitra was a two-time MLA from Khardah constituency in North 24 Parganas since 2011.

 

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