Ramesh Chennithala, president, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, will make his entry into the Oommen Chandy Cabinet on New Year’s Day, raising hopes that the party and the coalition will regroup ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held between 11 a.m. and 11.30 am. Mr. Chennithala is likely to get the coveted Home and Vigilance portfolio. Party sources said he might also get the Scheduled Caste Welfare portfolio.

The decision on Mr. Chennithala’s induction, just two days before the start of the Assembly session, was taken by the party high command a couple of days ago and was conveyed to the State leadership. Mr. Chennithala, who had earlier refused to join the Cabinet without the Home and Vigilance portfolio, was called to Delhi the other day and directed to take up the job.

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