Former Health minister KK Shailaja, who earned praise for her handling of the Covid-19 crisis, is not a part of the new state cabinet, which is set to have freshers from CPM and CPI.
Earlier today, CPI(M) state committee appointed Pinarayi Vijayan as parliamentary party leader paving the way for making him the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term. In an unprecedented turn of events, Vijayan has decided to drop all the sitting ministers including health minister KK Shailaja.
The LDF has retained power in Kerala by winning 99 seats, beating its rivals-Congress-headed United Democratic Front (UDF) and BJP-NDA
Shailaja, a retired teacher, won the hearts of people after doing stellar work in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the initial phase of the pandemic, in the state of Kerala. She had previously worked on the containment of the Nipah virus as well. She was praised by the entire nation for the contribution she had made to decrease the spread of Coronavirus.
Many people came forward on social media and expressed their disappointment over the exclusion of Shailaja from the cabinet. They added that the role played by her in the historic victory of LDF was huge.