Third Sarala Baishya ministry

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Third Sarala Baishya ministry
तृतीय सरला बैश्य मंत्रिमंडल
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9th Ministry of Friends Society
Date formed12 April 2017 (2017-04-12)
Date dissolved5 July 2017 (2017-07-05)
People and organisations
Head of stateDhrubajyoti Roy
Head of governmentSarala Baishya
Deputy head of governmentArnab Sil
No. of ministers10
Member parties     Friends Society Independent Party
     Friends Society Freedom Party
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition party     Friends Society Secular Party
Opposition leaderTanishkaa Patranabish
History
Election(s)None
PredecessorFourth Dhrubajyoti Roy ministry
SuccessorSecond Tanishkaa Patranabish ministry
Prime Minister Sarala Baishya being administered oath of office by the President Dhrubajyoti Roy on 12 April 2017.

The Third Sarala Baishya ministry (Hindi: तृतीय सरला बैश्य मंत्रिमंडल) was the 9th union council of ministers of the Republic of Friends Society which was formed after the resignation of Dhrubajyoti Roy as the Prime Minister on 12 April 2017. The ministry was headed by Sarala Baishya who had resigned as the President a day before. The ministry remained in office until its dissolution following the 2017 general election.

History

The December 2016 general election resulted in a victory of the United Alliance and the re-election of Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy to office. However, weeks after being elected as MPs, several MPs who were elected as members of the Friends Society Secular Party joined the Friends Society Independent Party and the Friends Society Freedom Party and at one point of time, the Secular Party which was the principal partner of the coalition was reduced to a mere junior coalition party. On 18 February 2017, Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy along with several of his cabinet colleagues quit the Secular Party and joined the Independent Party. The President Sarala Baishya was prompt to recognize Dhrubajyoti Roy as the leader of the Independent Party legislature party allowing him to continue as the prime minister.

On 11 April 2017, Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy completed a year in office which was also marked by the Independent Party's victory in the state elections of Greater Guwahati, North Guwahati and Central Guwahati. It was on the same day that President Sarala Baishya suddenly announced her resignation from office sparking speculations of her return to the politics. She was briefly replaced by Vice President Bishnu Chetry who became the Acting President until the election of a permanent President. The next day, that is on 12 April 2017, Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy met Sarala Baishya and announced that he would be stepping down from office and taking over as the President. It was moments later that he was confirmed as the nation's next President and soon sworn-in as the President by Chief Justice Tanishkaa Patranabish.

Soon after taking oath as President, he appointed Sarala Baishya as the Prime Minister.

Composition

Soon after the resignation of Dhrubajyoti Roy as the prime minister, Sarala Baishya announced that her party, the Independent Party will withdraw from the coalition with the Secular Party and invited opposition party, the Friends Society Freedom Party to be a part of the next government and form an alliance with the Independent Party. The leaders of the Freedom Party accepted the offer and joined the government forming an alliance with the Independent Party. The alliance between the two parties forced the Secular Party to accept the position of the chief opposition party.

The ministry composed of the Prime Minister Sarala Baishya and Deputy Prime Minister Arnab Sil who had earlier resigned as the Governor of Greater Guwahati. Among the cabinet ministers included Abhiraj Kar, Anirban Phatowali and Bhargab Jyoti Medhi. The ministers of state with independent rank included Mridul Amin, Saikat Seal, Manoj Chetry and Bishakha Das, while Jemina Hazarika was appointed as a minister of state. Bhargab Jyoti Medhi who was a minister of state in the previous Fourth Dhrubajyoti Roy ministry was promoted as a cabinet minister.

Cabinet Ministers

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Minister of Regional Affairs
And also in-charge of all other important portfolios and policy issues not allocated to any other minister.
Sarala Baishya 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Home Affairs
Minister of States
Minister of Culture
Arnab Sil 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSFP
Minister of External Affairs
Minister of Corporate Affairs
Minister of Social Justice
Abhiraj Kar 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
Minister of All Party Affairs
Minister of Cabinet Affairs
Anirban Phatowali 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of Law and Justice
Minister of Group Members Development
Minister of Sanitation and Cleanliness Campaign
Bhargab Jyoti Medhi 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Welfare Mridul Amin 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Sports and Youth Affairs
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of General Administration
Saikat Seal 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSFP
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Planning and Group Development Manoj Chetry 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Prime Minister's Office Bishakha Das 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP

Minister of State

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Minister of State in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs
Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice
Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
Mridul Amin 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs
Minister of State in the Ministry of States
Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Saikat Seal 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSFP
Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs
Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture
Manoj Chetry 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice
Minister of State in the Ministry of Regional Affairs
Minister of State in the Ministry of All Party Affairs
Bishakha Das 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
Minister of State in the Ministry of States
Minister of State in the Ministry of Group Members Development
Jemina Hazarika 12 April 2017 5 July 2017 FSIP