KK Shailaja dropped as Kerala minister as Pinarayi Vijayan forms new cabinet

KK Shailaja dropped as Kerala minister as Pinarayi Vijayan forms new cabinet

KK Shailaja has been dropped as a minister in the new cabinet of the Left-led government in Kerala

KK Shailaja, who was praised for handling the coronavirus pandemic in Kerala as the state health minister, would not be part of the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet. KK Shailaja has been dropped as a minister in the new cabinet of the Left-led government in Kerala as Pinarayi Vijayan formed a new cabinet, days after sweeping the assembly polls.

KK Shailaja, also known as "Shailaja Teacher", was earlier praised for handling the Nipah virus crisis in the state. KK Shailaja has appreciated the way she managed to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state. In 2020, she was selected as a 'Top Thinker of the Year' by a UK-based magazine.

KK Shailaja contested the Kerala Assembly election from Mattannur constituency and scored 61.97 per cent of votes.

Speaking about the new cabinet, CPI (M) leader AN Shamseer said, "Only the CM will be there (from the previous Kerala cabinet), rest 11 ministers are new. It is a blend of youngsters and the old. It's our party's collective decision taken by collective leadership. Don't make a person excluded from our party. You have to ask the leaders."

KK Shailaja dropped as Kerala minister as Pinarayi Vijayan forms new cabinet
Amidst triple-lockdown in Trivandrum, Pinarayi Vijayan's swearing-in as Kerala CM to be held with 500 people

The second Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala, to be sworn in on May 20, will have a 21-member cabinet, LDF convenor and CPI (M) acting state secretary A Vijayaraghavan said.

The oath-taking ceremony of the new Left government would be a low-key affair with limited invitees in view of the Covid-19 situation, Vijayaraghavan said after the crucial state committee meeting of the Left Democratic Front.

He also said the portfolios of the ministers would be decided by the chief minister.

CPI(M), the largest coalition partner in the LDF, would have 12 members in the new cabinet while CPI, the second-largest party, would have 4 nominees, while Kerala Congress (M), Janata Dal (S) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would have one representative each.

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