All new faces from CPM excluding K K Shailaja; Here is the probable list
Kozhikode: Talks on cabinet formation is in its final stage and talks on who would become ministers is progressing at the AKG centre. There were 13 ministers from the CPM last time, including the chief minister. But this time, as there are more partners and more MLAs, one minister post from the CPM will be given off to the allied partners. According to latest reports, only Pinarayi Vijayan and K K Shailaja will be old faces in the cabinet from the CPM.
If the party decides to allot the speaker’s post to a woman, then either K K Shailaja or Veena George would be considered. If Shailaja is considered as minister then Veena George may be opted for Speaker’s post.
As chances for A C Moideen getting into the cabinet has dimmed, representatives from the Muslim community, namely Muhammed Riyas, A N Shamseer may be considered.
Veena George may be considered for Speaker’s post if she does not figure in the list of ministers. Central committee members M V Govindan, K Radhakrishnan and secretariat members K N Balagopal, P Rajeev are sure to get into the cabinet.
M V Sivankutty, Saji Cherian, P P Chitaranjan, V N Vasavan, M B Rajesh, P Nandakumar, C H Kunhumbu will become ministers. If K T Jaleel is not given minister’s post then V Abdurahman may come in.
The Kerala Congress (B) and Janadhipathya Kerala Congress will share minister berths for a term of two-and-half years and concede the remaining term to the other ally. During the first term, Antony Raju will become the minister and in the second term, K B Ganesh Kumar will become minister. Antony Raju is being considered due to his Latin affiliation.
Ahammad Devarkoil and Ramachandran Kadannappally will again share the minister’s post for two-and-half term respectively. The first term would be offered to Devarkovil.
This time too, CPI will be offered 4 minister posts and the deputy speaker post. Roshy Augustine from Kerala Congress Jose faction will become minister. N Jayraj will be given the chief whip post.
It has been decided to give one minister post for JDS and NCP.