Council of Ministers: At least 3 new faces likely to be inducted
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to induct at least three new faces into her council of ministers this evening.
On her advice, President Abdul Hamid would make the appointments and administer the oath of office at the Bangabhaban, according to sources at the Cabinet Division, the ruling Awami League, and the Bangabhaban.
The number of new ministers could be four. The Daily Star yesterday talked with three of them over phone and they acknowledged the developments.
AKM Shahgahan Kamal, lawmaker from Laxmipur-3, and State Minister Fisheries and Livestock Narayon Chandra Chanda might be made full ministers, sources said.
Shahgahan, who became a lawmaker in 1973 and 2014, told The Daily Star last night that he got a phone call from the Cabinet Division and was requested to be present at the Bangabhaban around 6:30pm today.
Asked, he said it was Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's call in which ministry he would be appointed.
Sources close to Kazi Keramat Ali, lawmaker from Rajbari-1, said he also got a phone call from the Cabinet Division to be at the Bangabhaban.
Keramat Ali, a four-time MP and the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on government assurances, might be made a full minister, sources in the AL said.
A presidium member close to the PM also told The Daily Star that Mustafa Jabbar, president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, best known for being the creator of software Bijoy, would be included in the cabinet.
Jabbar is a close ally of the ruling party. He worked on its manifesto “Digital Bangladesh” before the 2008 polls.
Sources said making him a minister would be a reward for his contribution to the ICT sector.
Narayon Chandra Chanda, lawmaker from Khulna-5, last night told The Daily Star that he also received a call from the Cabinet Division and was asked to be at the Bangabhaban this evening.
"I got a call in the afternoon. I have been invited to the Bangabhaban tomorrow [today] at 6:00pm," he said.
On July 14, 2015, the PM as part of a major reshuffle in her then one-and-a-half-year cabinet, promoted Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal to home minister, while Yeafesh Osman was promoted to science and technology minister.
She also made Nurul Islam BSc a technocrat minister giving him the charge of expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry.
At that time, actress Tarana Halim, lawmaker from a reserved seat for women, was made state minister for post and telecommunication while lawmaker Md Nuruzzaman was made state minister for food.
In late 2014, Minister Abdul Latif Siddique was sacked from post and telecommunications ministry after he made “anti-hajj comments” at a programme in New York.