Janata Dal-Secular leader and Chittur MLA K Krishnankutty was sworn in as the new Minister for Water Resources in the Kerala government on Tuesday. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Kerala governor P Sathasivam.
K Krishnankutty, a farmer and strong supporter of the co-operative sector, replaced his party colleague Matthew T Thomas, who resigned from his post on Monday in accordance with directions issued by JD(S) leaders. Two-time minister Matthew Thomas, from Thiruvalla constituency in Pathanamthitta, had submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the CMâ€™s residence, Cliff House, on Monday. He told reporters that he had not listed any conditions for his resignation, and that the JD(S) party would not split due to him being asked to tender his resignation, and that he would not be joining the Congress-led United Democratic Front either.
The swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday was reportedly attended by Matthew T Thomas, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet colleagues and other legislators from the ruling front, and the lone BJP MLA in Kerala, O Rajagopal. The ceremony was boycotted by the Congress-led opposition as a protest against the state governmentâ€™s allegedly harsh stance on the ongoing Sabarimala temple womenâ€™s entry issue.