Saji Cheriyan takes oath as Kerala minister

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administers oath to Saji Cheriyan | Screengrab

Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretariat member and MLA Saji Cheriyan sworn in as state minister on Wednesday afternoon.

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan administered oath to Saji at a small function held at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday evening at 4. Opposition boycotted the event.

He was reintroduced into the cabinet six months after he resigned as fisheries minister following the allegations that one of his speeches degraded the Indian Constitution.

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The controversial speech was delivered at Pathanamthitta in July 2022.

CPM state secretariat recently decided to bring him back citing dismissal of a plea seeking disqualification of Saji as MLA by the high court. Police also gave a clean chit to the Alappuzha strongman saying his comments were mere criticism and did not amount to abuse.

On Tuesday, governor Arif Mohammed Khan approved Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's recommendation.

Saji is likely to get his previous portfolios back. He was handling fisheries, cultural affairs and youth welfare before.

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