Kolkata: Contrary to the wishes of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress state president Manas Bhunia, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee could not become a minister following protests from some Congress leaders.

The Congress handed over its list of five ministers to Banerjee on Monday which did not carry Abhijit’s name.

The chosen five who would be sworn-in as minister of state are: Sunil Tirki, Shyamali Singh, Suvilas Verma, Abu Naser Khan Chaudhary and Pramothnath Rai.

Now, it is the prerogative of Banerjee to decide the portfolios of these chosen ministers.

Notably, Congress had seven berths in Mamata’s Cabinet in which Bhunia and Abu Heena were sworn-in as Cabinet ministers the day Mamata Banerjee took over the reins in the state.

The other five who were to take oath as ministers of state could not take oath due to protest against Abhijit’s name in the list.

Some Congress leaders from the state contended that since Abhijit is a first-time MLA, giving him a berth in the Cabinet was not right.

However, it’s likely that Abhijit would be given some important assignment in the party.

Before the elections Abhijit had stated that he wanted to be a part of Rahul Gandhi’s campaign of becoming a servant of the common man.

JPN/Bureau