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Pinarayi Vijayan swearing-in: As it happened

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Cabinet comprises 19 members, including the Chief Minister.

Hello and welcome to our live updates of the swearing-in of the Kerala Cabinet in Thiruvananthapuram today.

The Cabinet of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government comprises 19 members.

Governor P. Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and 18 members of his Cabinet at the Central Stadium here.

Live updates:

04.47 p.m.: The swearing-in ceremony, a 48-minute affair, comes to a close. The Ministers will now attend their first Cabinet meeting.

04.44 p.m.: T.M. Thomas Isaac takes oath as Finance Minister. The former Economics professor from Alappuzha was Finanace Minister in the previous LDF government too. He has been credited with spearheading the People's Plan Campaign.

04.42 p.m.: P. Tilothaman will be the Public Distribution and Civil Supplies Minister. He is the third Minister from Alappuzha district.

04.39 p.m.: V.S. Sunil Kumar takes oath as Agriculture Minister.

04.38 p.m.: CPI(M) State committee member G. Sudhakaran will handle Public Works and Registration portfolios. The first president of the SFI in Kerala, he was earlier a part of Mr. Achutanandan's Cabinet too.

04.35 p.m.: K.K. Shylaja takes oath as Health and Social Welfare Minister.

04.33 p.m.: C. Ravindranath takes oath as Education Minister.

04.29 p.m.: T.P. Ramakrishnan takes oath as the Minister for Excise and Labour. Formerly the Kozhikode district secretary of the CPI(M), he won from Perambra. He is a member of the State secretariat of the party.

04.28 p.m.: K. Raju of the CPI, who won from Punalur, takes oath. He will handle the Forest, Wildlife and Environment portfolio.

04.25 p.m.: A.C. Moideen takes oath as Tourism and Cooperation Minister. The Kunnamkulam MLA had had a stint as CPI(M) Thrissur District Secretary.

04.23 p.m.: Mercykutty Amma, who won from Kundara, and one of the only two women in the Cabinet, takes the oath as the Fisheries Minister. She is also the CITU national president.

04.22 p.m.: The Minister for Electricity and Devaswoms is Kadakampalli Surendran. He won from Kazhakoottam and it is his second term as MLA.

04.18 p.m.: E.P. Jayarajan of the CPI(M) takes oath as Sports and Industry Minister. A three-time MLA and a first-time Minister, he is a CPI(M) central committee member.

04.16 p.m.: K.T. Jaleel takes oath as Minister for Local Self Government. At 48 years, he is the youngest Minister in the Cabinet. He was earlier the general secretary of the Muslim Youth League. He won as an LDF-backed independent.

04.15 p.m.: A.K. Balan of the CPI(M) takes oath. He was Minister for Power in the V.S. Achuthanandan government. The MLA from Tharoor will now handle the Law, Culture and SC/ST Affairs.

04.11 p.m.: Kadannappalli Ramachandran takes oath as Ports Minister.

04.08 p.m.: Actor Mammootty is in attendance at the ceremony.

04.07 p.m.: A.K. Saseendran of the NCP takes oath as Transport Minister. A five-time MLA, he won from Elathoor.

04.05 p.m.: Mathew T. Thomas of the JD(S) takes oath as Water Resources Minister. He won from Thiruvalla. He was the Transport Minister in the previous LDF government before resigning over differences with the LDF leadership. He takes the oath in the name of God, a rarity in LDF ceremonies.

04.03 p.m.: E Chandrasekharan of the CPI takes the oath as Revenue Minister. The CPI's State treasurer won from Kanhangad. He is a first-time Minister.

04.02 p.m.: CPI(M) Leaders V.S. Achutanandan, Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat are present at the swearing-in ceremony at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

04.01 p.m.: Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as Chief Minister.

4 p.m.: Governor P. Sathasivam arrives for the swearing-in ceremony.

Council of Ministers



(Chief Minister)
The CPI(M) leader won from Dharmadom constituency. He has earlier served as a minister in the E.K. Nayanar cabinet in the late nineties. (Sports and Industry Minister)
The CPI(M) leader who started his political life as a student activist represents Mattanur constituency in the Kerala Assembly. (Finance Minister)
This CPI(M) Central Committee Member was elected from Alappuzha constituency. He was the Finance Minister in the LDF government headed by V.S. Achuthanandan. (Public Works and Registration Minister)
He represents Ambalappuzha in the Assembly. (Minister for Law, Culture and SC/ST Affairs)
The Tarur MLA was Kerala's Electricity minister in the 2006-11 cabinet. He also held the SC/ST development portfolio. (Health and Social Welfare Minister)
A teacher by profession, this CPI(M) leader represents Kuthuparamba. (Education Minister)
The former education minister was elected from Puthukkad. (Minister for Electricity and Devaswoms)
A first-time minister, he represents Kazhakoottam constituency. (Minister for Excise and Labour)
The CPI(M) leader was elected from Perambra. (Fisheries Minister)
She represents Kundara Assembly constituency. She is one of the two women ministers in the cabinet. (Tourism and Cooperation Minister)
The Kunnamkulam MLA is a first-time minister. (Minister for Local Self Government)
He won as an LDF-backed independent candidate from Thavanoor. (Revenue Minister)
The CPI leader was elected from Kanhagad. (Agriculture Minister)
He represents Kaipamangalam constituency in the Assembly. (Public Distribution and Civil Supplies Minister)
The Cherthala MLA is a first-time minister. (Forest, Wildlife and Environment Minister)
The CPI leader won from Punaloor. (Water Resources Minister)
The Thiruvalla MLA contested as a JD(S) candidate with the Left's support. (Transport Minister)
The Nationalist Congress Party leader won from Elathur. (Ports Minister)
A former minister for Devaswom, he won from Edakkad contesting in Congress(S) ticket.




Pinarayi Vijayan





E.P. Jayarajan





T.M. Thomas Isaac





G. Sudhakaran





A.K. Balan





K.K. Shylaja





C. Ravindranath





Kadakampally Surendran





T.P. Ramakrishnan





J. Mercykutty Amma





A.C. Moideen





K.T. Jaleel





E. Chandrasekharan





V.S. Sunil Kumar





P. Thilothaman





K. Raju





Mathew T. Thomas





A.K. Saseendran





Ramachandran Kadannappalli

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