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Pinarayi to hold charge of home portfolio; E.P Jayarajan to get industries

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Thiruvananthapuram: An agreement has reportedly been reached on the portfolios to be allotted for new ministers in the government led by Pinarayi Vijayan.

According to sources, Pinarayi Vijayan, who is to be sworn-in as the chief minister, will hold the charge of home portfolio.

The list of ministers include Thomas Isaac (Finance department), E.P Jayarajan (Industries and IT), G. Sudhakaran (Public Works), A.K Balan (local self government and scheduled tribe), Kadakampally Surendran (Electricity), C. Raveendranath (Education), T.P Ramakrishnan (Labour and Excise), K.T Jaleel (Tourism), K.K Shailaja (Health), A. C Moideen (Cooperation) and Mercy Kutty (Fisheries and Ports).

The swearing-in of the new Kerala government led by Pinarayi Vijayan will be held at the Central Stadium here at 4 p.m on Wednesday.

"The outgoing Oommen Chandy government had 21 (the maximum allowed) but we decided to keep it to 19," LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan Sunday said, adding that the CPI(M) will have 12 berths, the CPI 4 and three other LDF constituents - the Janata Dal-S, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress-S - would get one each.

Three other parties - thee RSP-L, Kerala Congress-Pillai, and the CMP - who contested alongside the LDF and have a legislator each were not considered for ministerial berths as they were not regular member of the LDF.

The CPI-M-led LDF won the May 16 polls, winning 91 seats in the 140-member Kerala assembly.

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