A Vijayaraghavan, acting state secretary of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM) and convener of the Left Democratic Front (LDF), said on Monday that the Kerala government would have a 21-member cabinet.
In light of the Covid-19 situation in the state, he said, the swearing-in ceremony will be held on May 20 with a small number of people.
After the LDF meeting to decide on cabinet berths, Vijayaraghavan told reporters that the CPI(M) would get 12 ministerial berths, while the Kerala Congress (M), Janata Dal (S), and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would each get one.
“The remaining two ministerial posts will be shared between other allies on an alternate basis, the first two and half years with Janadhipatya Kerala Congress and Indian National League after which Kerala Congress (B) and Congress (S) takes possession of the chair respectively. CPM will hold speaker post, CPI will be given deputy speaker post and chief whip post to Kerala Congress (M),” he added.
He said that the LDF has entrusted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with deciding the ministers’ portfolios.
“Tomorrow, the Left Democratic Front will meet to elect the president of the Parliamentary committee, and then it will meet with the Governor,” he said.
The LDF, led by the Communist Party of India (M), retained power in Kerala after winning 99 seats in the assembly elections, compared to 41 seats for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). The BJP was unable to secure any seats.