CPIM General Secretary Sitara Yechuri on Thursday denied media speculation that the central leadership is unhappy with CM Pinarayi Vijayan's decision to drop outgoing State Health Minister KK Shailaja in the new cabinet.
"In the seven elections that we won in Bengal, the central leadership had no role in selecting cabinet ministers. It's the job of the respective State Committees, and here too, that has happened," said Yechuri. Reasoning the decision to have no veteran ministers in the new cabinet, he said, "The party has decided to bring in youth because 70 per cent of the population are below age 40."
Yechuri arrived in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram to be part of the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected LDF government. "I take this opportunity to salute the people of Kerala for this historic moment, and during my election campaign, I had said that the people will get an opportunity to become part of history, and it has happened," added Yechuri.