Balancing regional aspirations, inducting a mixture of skilled and contemporary faces, placating new allies and rewarding big slayers – the CPM-led Left Democratic Entrance, which swept to energy in Kerala with a two-thirds majority, has to contemplate many components to design the brand new cupboard for Pinarayi Vijayan 2.0.
On Tuesday, the CPM state secretariat will meet on the AKG Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, kicking off the method to kind the brand new authorities. It is going to full its formality of electing Vijayan as the pinnacle of the legislature social gathering and the following authorities. Different events within the coalition just like the CPI, KC(M), JD(S), NCP and people with single MLAs are additionally anticipated to convene their respective state leaderships to appoint candidates for the cupboard. This will probably be adopted by the LDF assembly within the state capital to debate the electoral end result, look at the place it went improper and finalise on the cupboard.
Within the earlier authorities, the LDF had 19 ministers excluding Vijayan of which 11 belonged to the CPM, 4 from the CPI and one every from the NCP, JD(S), Congress (S) and an Impartial. In contrast to the Oommen Chandy-led UDF authorities, which had a Dwelling Minister, Vijayan himself dealt with the house ministry alongside different duties. He had come underneath extreme fireplace from the Opposition for a slew of police excesses and custodial killings. In Vijayan 2.0, the CPM could go for a full-time dwelling minister.
Two leaders who’re assured to have a spot within the new cupboard are outgoing Well being Minister KK Shailaja and senior CPM chief and central committee member MV Govindan.
Shailaja, who emerged victorious from the Mattannur constituency in Kannur district with a report margin of over 60,000 votes eclipsing Vijayan’s margin, is predicted to proceed within the well being and little one welfare portfolio, having been lauded for her work within the first time period.
Govindan to be No. 2
Govindan, elected from the social gathering stronghold of Thaliparambu in the identical district, spent lengthy years within the organisation and has performed a key position in shaping the social gathering organisation and its core ideological values within the state. Govindan, thought of near the chief minister, is predicted to convey expertise and maturity into the federal government.
One other title doing the rounds extensively is Ok Radhakrishnan, MLA from Chelakkara and one of many social gathering’s well-liked leaders in Thrissur district. Radhakrishnan, who represented the seat repeatedly from 1996 until 2016, served as Speaker of the Kerala Meeting between 2006 and 2011 and was a minister for SC/ST and Youth affairs within the authorities headed by EK Nayanar from 1996 until 2001.
CPM’s second-line chief to the fore
As a part of bringing contemporary faces into the cupboard and thereby stringing collectively a second-line of management throughout the CPM, the social gathering is slated to provide alternatives to leaders like P Rajeev, KN Balagopal and MB Rajesh, all of whom have wealthy parliamentary expertise.
In reality, a senior CPM chief instructed the Indian The Press Reporter through the marketing campaign that the prized finance portfolio is more likely to go to both P Rajeev or Balagopal. TM Thomas Isaac, the outgoing finance minister and a vocal member within the state GST council, didn’t contest elections this time as a result of social gathering’s strict two-term norm for MLAs. Since each Rajeev and Balagopal have had stints within the Rajya Sabha, they’re geared up to deliberate with the Centre on key points and foyer arduous for Kerala’s wants.
In reality, so energetic was Rajeev within the Rajya Sabha that late BJP chief and former finance minister Arun Jaitley had even beneficial his return to the Rajya Sabha. One other benefit for him is that he’s an MLA from Kalamassery, an erstwhile Muslim League stronghold, in Ernakulam district. For the reason that district was not represented within the cupboard final time, Rajeev is predicted to get a leg-up. He’s additionally the current editor-in-chief of Deshabhimani, the CPM’s mouthpiece within the state.
To stability regional and neighborhood aspirations, the LDF could have to remember illustration from every of the 14 districts in addition to outstanding communities like Nair, Ezhava, Christian and Muslim sections.
Whereas Kadakampally Surendran, the outgoing temple affairs minister, was the consultant from Thiruvananthpuram district, this time, the CPM could reward V Sivankutty, the enormous killer who wrested BJP’s sole seat Nemom. This fashion, the social gathering goals to hit two birds with one stone.
As for the CPI, it would go for contemporary faces this time contemplating just one minister within the outgoing cupboard – E Chandrasekharan from Kanhangad – had contested elections and gained. J Chinjurani, a lady MLA from Chadayamangalam, PS Supal from Punalur and P Prasad from Cherthala are amongst these more likely to get the nod for the cupboard.
Jameela set to be first girl Muslim mantri
Along with Shailaja, Chinjurani might be the second girl minister. In recognition of the huge assist amongst girls, the LDF could even search for a 3rd girl minister. In that case, Kanathil Jameela from Koyilandy and Veena George from Aranmula are favourites. If Jameela is picked, she might be Kerala’s first girl Muslim minister.
The LDF may also must accommodate its new allies KC(M) and LJD together with others like JD(S) and NCP. KC(M), headed by Jose Ok Mani, gained 5 out of the 12 it contested and will press for 2 cupboard berths. If Jose had gained from Pala section, he would have discovered a spot within the cupboard. As an alternative, Roshy Augustine from Idukki and N Jayaraj from Kanjirappally are favourites. From JD (S), Mathew T Thomas, thought of near the chief minister, is the favorite.