Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as Kerala Chief Minister for second time
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the members.
Pinarayi Vijayan has been sworn in as the chief minister of Kerala for the second time today. The oath-taking ceremony is taking place at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the members. Earlier, the Kerala High Court had given the go-ahead to the physical swearing-in ceremony of the new government but directed that the number of people should be restricted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It has been decided that the swearing-in will be conducted physically in the presence of 500 people.
“The cabinet consists of 21 people and the invitees include 140 legislators, 29 MPs, the judiciary, media, and top officials. All those who are coming should have a Covid negative test result taken 48 hours before or should have taken both doses of the vaccine,” IANS quoted Vijayan as saying.
The CPI-M led Left Democratic Front has won 99 seats in the 140-member assembly.
The biggest shocker was the absence of KK Shailaja from the state cabinet. Reacting to this, Vijayan said the decision to drop KK Shailaja from the state cabinet in his second term was made by the party.
He further said that an exemption cannot be made for Shailaja as there were also other performing ministers in the last government.
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