The first cabinet meeting of the Pinarayi Vijayan Ministry on Wednesday is expected to take some crucial decisions including a reshuffle of the team that investigates the Jisha murder case. The ministry is likely to revise or freeze the controversial decisions and land allotment orders hurriedly issued at the fag end of the Oommen Chandy government. 

 

The public rage over the brutal rape and murder of Jisha, a Dalit law student at Perumbavoor, just a few days before the elections, had played a key role in tilting the mandate in favour of the Left Democratic Front (LDF). A day-and-night protest by the LDF is still on at Perumbavoor demanding that the murderer/s be brought to book immediately. As the new ministry takes oath on Wednesday with the Chief Minister himself handing the Home portfolio, it poses a tough task for the leadership to bring the investigation to a logical end. To show that the government is taking it seriously and also to find a reason to stop the LDF protest at Perumbavoor, the government may change the investigation team and is likely to post a woman ADGP in charge of the probe. 

 

Vijayan has already hinted a rejig at the top of the police administration. The cabinet may also announce some popular initiatives in its first meeting. The 19-member cabinet will convene at 5.45 pm after taking oath in the afternoon and after the customary meeting with the Governor.