Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as Kerala CM (Photo: ANI)
Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn in as chief minister for Kerala on Wednesday, bringing Left Democratic Front (LDF) back to power after five years.
Along with 72-year old leader, eighteen others also took oath as ministers in Thiruvananthapuram.
Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led LDF won the May 16 Assembly election, getting 91 of 140 seats in the state assembly.
Pinarayi’s elevation as CM of the state was a smooth affair given veteran VS Achuthanandan’s claim for the seat. After a gentle persuation by party’s central leadership, the the 92-year-old stepped aside.
The new chief minister was once aide to Achuthanandan and considered him his mentor.
He was even part of Achuthanandan’s infamous ‘Vettineruthal’ – the ousting of revisionists from the party, in which senior leaders like MV Raghavan and PV Kunhikannan, the then LDF convenor, were forced out.
Soon, the economics graduate became party secretary after quitting his minister’s post in 1998.
In due course of time, two fell out since both nourished parliamentary ambitions.
In 2005 Malappuram party conclave, Pinarayi humiliated his mentor by defeating all his nominees in the state committee, which led to two powerful factions emerging within the state unit.