V S Achuthanandan was ignored for the chief minister’s post because of his advanced age.
Sports Minister Jayarajan’s attitude is not good towards sports, said Kerala sports council president, Anju Bobby George.
Vijayan also asked officials to submit progress reports of the works once in three months.
The statement sparked a row in the ruling LDF, with the CPI, the second largest partner in the front, saying that the “right-wing development agenda” was not acceptable to those who believed in Marxist ideology.
A planned dam on one of Kerala’s most beautiful rivers has made multiple trips to the court and MoEF over the last 25 years. Now, days into the new LDF govt, it has divided communist partners CPM and CPI.
The Kerala government, he said, would also offer all “support” to industries and woo IT giants to create “Silicon Valley-like hubs”.
The Kerala CM hinted at a subtle change of stance on Mullaperiyar dam.
In Kerala, CPM’s urge to celebrate Pinarayi Vijayan rather than the party is telling.
The CPI, the second largest party in Kerala’s Left Democratic Front (LDF), also warned against a “personality cult”, saying it is not a practice followed by the Communist parties.
Since morning, it was an air of festivity in various parts of Kannur district, including Pinarayi, from where Vijayan hails, as party workers distributed sweets and ‘payasam’.
His elevation to the Chief Minister’s chair is also seen as a victory in the bitter power struggle with Achuthanandan.
Pinarayi Vijayan is leading a 19-member LDF cabinet in Kerala, one less than the outgoing UDF government
In other news DCW chief visited house of 80-year-old woman who was allegedly abused by her daughter, Pinarayi Vijayan to swear-in as Kerala Chief Minister, etc.
CM-designate Pinarayi Vijayan, meanwhile, said that his government will act strongly against corruption in the state.
The size of the Cabinet was decided on Sunday.