Thiruvananthapuram | People from all walks of life, including thousands of CPI (M) workers and party leaders, have arrived in the state capital Wednesday to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of the new LDF Government.
71-year-old Pinarayi Vijayan, son of a toddy tapper, will be sworn in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala at a function at the Central Stadium here at 4 PM today. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the swearing-in ceremony.
The venue has the capacity to accommodate an audience of 30000 people. Long queue has been formed outside the venue awaiting entry to the function.
CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat are already in the city to attend the function. UDF leaders; O. Rajagiopal, the lone BJP MLA in the new Assembly; and superstar Mammooty are also expected to attend.
Earlier, Chief Minister-designate Pinarayi Vijayan called on Kerala Governor Justice (retd) P Sathasivam and handed over a list of his 19-member cabinet. Before proceeding to Raj Bhavan, he visited AKG Centre, the headquarters of CPI (M)’s office. Hundreds of party workers, who had come from various parts of the state, especially from Kannur and Kasaragod districts, cheered him as he left for the Raj Bhavan.
In the May 16 Assembly polls, the CPI (M)-led LDF was voted to power by winning 91 seats in the 140-member Kerala Assembly. The Congress led UDF could manage only 47 MLAs. BJP and independent won one seat each.
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