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A ‘wonderful’ stint

Attending his last government programme at Raj Bhavan, governor MK Narayanan summed up his stint in Bengal as “wonderful”.

“Wonderful,” a smiling Narayanan said when asked about his experience as the governor of Bengal. “What can I say beyond ‘wonderful’? That, frankly, sums it up,” he added.

The governor conducted the swearing-in of three ministers at Raj Bhavan following a cabinet shuffle. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and some of her cabinet colleagues bid adieu to Narayanan over tea and snacks.

The former national security adviser, appointed governor by the UPA government, stepped down nearly seven months before the end of his term following a change of guard at the Centre. Narayanan is likely to leave Raj Bhavan on Friday.

Between the oath-taking ceremony and tea, Mamata and Narayanan held a five-minute meeting away from the guests.

A source at Nabanna later said the chief minister congratulated the governor for his “excellent service” to the state and wished him success in his future endeavours.

MINISTERS

Malay Ghatak: Labour (re-inducted into the cabinet, used to hold the agriculture portfolio)

Purnendu Bose: Agriculture (was in charge of labour)

Rachpal Singh: Planning, statistics and programme implementation (planning added to his existing portfolios)

Jyotirmay Kar*: Co-operation

Asish Banerjee*: Minister of state with independent charge of the Ayush department (health), minister of state for education (primary, school and higher education)

*New faces