Trivandrum: Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Kerala at a well-attended function at the Central Stadium in the city. All his eighteen ministers were also sworn in during the 48-minute swearing-in ceremony. The Kerala state Governor P Sathasivam administered the oath of office.
The function was attended by several dignitaries including V S Achuthanandan, Oommen Chandy, H D Deve Gowda, Sitaram Yechury, O Rajagopal, prominent film stars including Mammooty, Mukesh (MLA) and Innocent (MP). Post the swearing-in, the ministers proceeded to attend their first cabinet meeting.
While eight MLAs have become ministers for the first time there are 12 other ministers from CPI-M including Pinarayi Vijayan. While four ministers will be from CPI, three others are from Congress (S), NCP and JD(S). K T Jaleel - Minister for Local Self Government - at 48 years is the youngest in Vijayan's cabinet. He was earlier the general secretary of Muslim Youth League. He won as an LDF-backed independent candidate.
Ministers and their portfolios:-
Pinarayi Vijayan - (Chief Minister, Home, IT)
A C Moideen - (Tourism and Cooperation Minister)
A K Balan - (Minister for Law, Culture and SC/ST Affairs)
A K Saseendran - (Transport Minister)
C Ravindranath - (Education Minister)
E Chandrasekharan - (Revenue Minister)
E P Jayarajan - (Sports and Industry Minister)
G Sudhakaran - (Public Works and Registration Minister)
J Mercykutty Amma - (Fisheries Minister)
K Raju - (Minister for Forest, Wildlife and Environment)
K K Shylaja - (Health and Social Welfare Minister)
K T Jaleel - (Minister for Local Self Government)
Kadakampally Surendran - (Minister for Electricity and Devaswom)
Mathew T Thomas - (Water Resources Minister)
P Thilothaman - (Public Distribution and Civil Supplies Minister)
Ramachandran Kadannappalli - (Ports Minister)
T M Thomas Isaac - (Finance Minister)
T P Ramakrishnan - (Minister for Excise and Labour)
V S Sunil Kumar - (Agriculture Minister)
Pinarayi Vijayan is a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
and currently a member of its Politburo. He was Secretary of the Kerala
State Committee of the CPI(M) from 1998 to 2015. He was the longest
serving secretary in the party’s history. He also served in the
government of Kerala as Minister of Electric Power and Co-operatives
from 1996 to 1998. Vijayan won a seat in the May 2016 Kerala Legislative
Assembly election as the CPI(M) candidate for Dharmadom constituency.
left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala after five
years, winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly, while UDF won 47
seats. For the first time, the Bharatiya Janata Party opened its account
winning one seat.