Pinarayi Vijayan is sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Kerala today. Governor P. Sathasivam also administer the oath of office and secrecy to 18 ministers in Thiruvananthapuram at 4 p.m today.
According to the list of ministers released by CPI-M Kerala State Committee, eight MLAs are becoming ministers for the first time. There will be 12 other minister from CPI-M including Vijayan. While four ministers will be from CPI, three others are from Congress(S), NCP and JD(S). CPI(M)-led 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 in the history of Kerala Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party opened its account winning one seat.
4:02 PM – Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as Chief Minister of Kerala
4:03 PM – HD Deve Gowda, Sitaram Yechury VS Achuthanandan, Oommen Chandy, O Rajagopal attends ceremony
4: 05 PM – Earlier, Vijayan Pinarayi met Kerala Governor P Sathasivam & handed over list of 19 member Cabinet of LDF
4:10 PM – Actors Mammootty, Innocent, Dileep & Mukesh present at Pinarayi Vijayan’s oath taking ceremony
About Pinarayi Vijayan
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 and is set to be the next chief minister of Kerala today.