As the new LDF government in Kerala is all set to be sworn-in on May 25, CPI(M) has finalized its ministers in the cabinet led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Of the total 19 ministers in the state cabinet, CPI(M) will have 12, including Chief Minister, CPI four, Janata Dal (S), NCP and Cong(S) one each.
According to reports, Ponnani MLA P Sreeramakrishnan will be the speaker and MM Mani will be the chief whip. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will handle vigilance department and home affairs.
The CPI(M) State committee met on Monday and took a final decision on the names of the 11 ministers and Speaker, a statement released by the CPI(M) said.
According to media reports, here's a tentative list of their portfolios:
1) EP Jayarajan- Industries
2) KK Shailaja- Health
3) AK Balan- Local self government, SC/ST Welfare
4) Thomas Issac- Finance
5) G Sudhakaran- Public works
6) J Mercykutty Amma- Fisheries, ports
7) TP Ramakrishnan- Excise, Labour
8) C Raveendranath- Education
9) KT Jaleel- Tourism, Minority welfare
10) Kadakampally Surendran- Electricity
11) AC Moideen- Co-operation
VS Sunil Kumar, E Chandrasekharan, P Thilothaman and K Raju will be the ministers from CPI. Announcing the CPI list, State secretary Kannam Rajendran told reporters that there was nothing new in fielding new faces now, as in 2006 also the party had followed the same pattern.
The CPI State Executive and State committee met on Monday and ratified the names of the new ministers.