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Kerala: CM Vijayan to take oath on May 20, cabinet remains undecided

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will take oath at offic eon May 20, but what’s yet remains unclear is the composition of his cabinet. When asked about his cabinet, the chief minister said, “Yes talks are going on as the meeting of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is fixed for next week and after that, the decision will be made.”

The swearing in will be held outdoors at the Central Stadium, a stone’s throw from the seat of power of the State Secretariat and with Covid protocols in force, the maximum number of people who will be allowed to grace the occasion is 750.

Vijayan is still undecided on the total number, as according to the rules including the CM’s post he can have a maximum of 21 ministers in attendance. 

A media critic on condition of anonymity said no doubt it will be Vijayan who will be the deciding factor.

“So it remains to be seen how many of the single legislator ally of the LDF will get cabinet post. Here too there are some qualifications which come into play especially with regard to the caste, creed and community and hence single legislator allies like K.B. Ganesh Kumar (Hindu Nair) Antony Raju (Latin Church) and Ahmed Devarkoil (Muslim – INL), all could end up as ministers. But here too it will be Vijayan’s call and with a huge majority, if he decides to leave anyone, there can be no protest at all,” said the critic.

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