"There are former ministers and new entrants in my new council of ministers. I have faith that the ministers will work for the benefit of the people. First time ministers will learn," he told reporters after the swearing-in in Raj Bhavan here.
Asked if the reshuffle was effected with an eye on the upcoming 2016 Assembly elections, Gogoi replied in the negative. "There are several criteria for selection of ministers. All kinds of factors such as religion, caste, ethnicity and many other factors are taken into account," he said.
On the opposition parties' and others allegation that 'failed ministers' of the previous ministry were retained in the new ministry, Gogoi retorted "Some see them as failures. I am also called a failure by some senior journalists and experts."
"Can ministers make us win election? Good work will be done by the new ministers. The new ministers, former ministers, MLAs, ex-MLAs and party workers will work together and deliver", he said.

Earlier in the day, Gogoi effected a major reshuffle in his three and half year-old-ministry ministry inducting 11 cabinet and three ministers of state with independent charge. They were sworn-in by Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya at the Raj Bhavan here.

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