New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Pinarayi Vijayan on taking oath as the Chief Minister of Kerala.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "Congratulations to Shri @vijayanpinarayi Ji on taking oath as CM and commencing his second term in office."
Congratulations to Shri @vijayanpinarayi Ji on taking oath as CM and commencing his second term in office.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 20, 2021
Vijayan was sworn in on Thursday as Kerala Chief Minister for the second time amid the Covid-19 crisis in the state.
The oath ceremony took place with Covid protocols in place at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered the oath of office to 76-year-old Vijayan. It is the second stint of the Marxist veteran in the top office.
Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan has taken the oaths of office and secrecy, as the Chief Minister of Kerala, for a second consecutive term. pic.twitter.com/VIdbC82CWM— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 20, 2021
Along with Vijayan, 20 ministers of the new Kerala cabinet, including NCP's A.K. Saseendran, Indian National League's (INL) Ahammad Devarkovil, R. Bindu and PA Mohammed Riyas, also took oath today.
The Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers have been sworn in by the Hon. Governor of Kerala. pic.twitter.com/qRF6ztkYHE— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) May 20, 2021
The new Left Democratic Front (LDF) government bucked the trend, as Kerala usually alternates between the Left and a Congress government, by registering an impressive victory in the assembly polls. The LDF won 99 of 140 seats.
The 140 newly-elected Kerala legislators will take oath on Friday to officially enter the 15th Legislative Assembly of the southern state.
The oath will be read out by the pro-term Speaker, who will be decided by the new Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet during its first meeting to be held on Thursday, soon after the newly-elected government is sworn-in by Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan.
On Saturday, the Assembly will meet again to elect the Speaker for the 15th Kerala Assembly and with 99 legislators belonging to the ruling Left and just 41 to the Congress-led Opposition, the election will only be a formality.
The CPI-M has named two-time former Lok Sabha member M.B. Rajesh for the Speaker's post.