Elaborate arrangements for swearing in of LDF ministry
Chief Minister- designate Pinarayi Vijayan met Governor P Sadasivam on Wednesday morning. He handed over the proposed list of ministers in his cabinet.
Elaborate arrangements are in place for the swearing-in ceremony of the Pinarayi Vijayan ministry to be held at Thiruvananthapuram Central Stadium at 4 pm. The governor will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues.
In the 19-member ministry, eight are new faces. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) will have 12 ministers, four from the Communist Party of India, the second biggest partner in the Left Democratic Front. Smaller parties including Congress (S), Janata Dal (S) and Nationalist Congress Party will have a representative each in the cabinet. The parleys to finalize the portfolios are continuing in the LDF.
This is the second time that the oath taking ceremony is held outside the Raj Bhavan in Kerala. The swearing-in of V S Achuthanandan ministry in 2006 was also held at the Central Stadium.
As many as 30,000 persons are expected to attend the function. National leaders including former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Politburo member Prakash Karat along with state leaders are expected to attend the ceremony. UDF leaders and the lone legislator from the Bharatiya Janata Party O Rajagopal will also attend the function.
After the ceremony, Governor will host the members of the new ministry at the Raj Bhavan. The first cabinet meet will be held after the tea ceremony.