Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn in as CM of Kerala on May 25

Pinarayi had a brief meeting with his b�te noire VS Achuthanandan before announcing the date of swear-in of the new LDF government

Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn in as CM of Kerala on May 25

Pinarayi Vijayan would be sworn-in as Kerala's 22nd chief minister on May 25, in Thiruvananthapuram.

The date was confirmed by Pinarai on Saturday after a brief meeting with his bête noire VS Achuthanandan at his official residence in the state capital.

CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also present when the duo met for about five minutes.

VS, the only living founder member of the CPI(M), had spearheaded the campaign  and had a major role in propelling the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to power in Kerala. The CPI-M led LDF won  91 seats in the 140 member Kerala Assembly. Of this CPI(M) alone had won 58 seats. Five of the independents backed by the party were also successful.

Political analysts believe that the 92 year old Achuthanandan's bold attacks on SNDP leader Vellapally Natesan had  resulted in shoring up party's traditional support base among the Ezhava community. The BJP led NDA had banked heavily on Natesan's new outfit, the BDJS. But it failed to make a dent in the vote bank of the CPI(M) in many constituencies.

"VS is a leader who has a lot of practical experience. There are a lot of things to learn from him. I met VS to know things directly from him. I am a beginner. It is important to consult VS and understand how things are for the sake of governance," said Pinarayi.
 "He (Achuthanandan) has been a chief minister from our party in the past and hence I came to meet him. As things stand now, we have decided to have the swearing-in of the new government on Wednesday at the Central Stadium."

Pinarai was elected  to lead the new government at a meeting of the CPI(M) state secretariat on Friday.

"Discussions have begun on finalising the ministers in our party and in the coming days, the list will be ready," Pinarai said.