On Wednesday, May 19, the NIE reported that CPI(MP) chief and MLA Veena George would succeed KK Shailaja as Kerala’s new health minister.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), named his cabinet on May 18 but left out Shailaja, the face of Kerala’s war against Nipah and COVID-19 during her time as health minister. Instead, she will be appointed the whip of the opposition.
George, her replacement, has worked as a journalist and news anchor for a number of Malayalam news channels. She first entered electoral politics in 2016, winning the Aranmula Assembly seat. She was re-elected from the same constituency in the Pathanamthitta district five years later, according to PTI.