The Oommen Chandy Ministry in Kerala was expanded today with the induction of 13 more ministers, taking the total strength to 20.
Governor R S Gavai administered the oath of office and secrecy to nine members from the Congress, three from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one from the Kerala Congress(M).
Those who took oath of office and secrecy were Aryadan Mohammed, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, A P Anil Kumar, P K Jayalakshmi, K Babu, K C Joseph, Adoor Prakash, C N Balakrishnan, V S Sivakumar (all Congress), M K Muneer, V K Ibrahim Kunju, Abdu Rab (all IUML) and P J Joseph (Kerala congress-M).
On May 18, six ministers, all leaders of the coalition partners in the United Democratic Front (UDF)-- K M Mani, P K Kunhalikutty, T M Jacob, P K Mohanan, Ganeshkumar and Shibu Baby John -- took oath.
In the 140-member Assembly, the UDF enjoys only a slender majority with 72 members as against 68 by the Marxist-led Left Democratic Front(LDF).
A large number of MLAs, former ministers, bureaucrats and relatives of the ministers attended the proceedings.
Following are the profile of ministers who were sworn-in today:
Aryadan Mohammed: Representing Nilabur constituency in Malappuram district of Kerala for the eighth time, 65-year-old Aryadan Mohammed is having his fourth innings as a minister in the state.
He was a minister in governments headed by E K Nayanar, A K Antony and Oommen Chandy in 1980, 1985 and 2005 respectively.
He entered politics through students wing of the party, held various party positions, including the Kozhikode District Committee President from 1956 to 1969 and Malappuram DCC President after formation of the district in 1969.
He is also at the helm of various trade unions in the state. Known as an able Parliamentarian, presence of this master strategist would be an asset for the UDF government which has only a slender majority in the 140-member house.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan: A senior Congress leader, this is the fourth time that Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan is being inducted in the UDF government as a minister.
Born to K P Parameswaran Pillai and M G Gourikutty on December 27, 1949 at Thiruvanchoor, Kottayam, he entered politics as a student activist and served as the chairman of Kerala University Union in 1973 and state president of KSU in 1974.
He had also served as state General Secretary and President of Youth Congress before becoming the General Secretary of KPCC in 1984. He was also a member of the AICC and was associated with several trade unions.
He represented Adoor constituency in 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. This time, he represents Kottayam constituency. He was the Minister for Water Resources, Forest, Health and Parliamentary affairs.
A P Anil Kumar: Senior Congress leader A P Anil Kumar is having his second stint as an administrator in the state.
Born on March 15, 1965 to A P Balan and K L Devaki in Malappuram, he entered into political arena through pro-Congress Kerala Students Union. He was Welfare Minister in the previous Congress-led United Democratic Front government in 2001.
Mr Kumar, who won the Wandoor seat in the April 13 polls by a huge 28,919 margin, represented the constituency in 2001 and 2006 too.
He was the Youth Congress General Secretary in the state. Prior to that he also held various posts such as KSU Malappuram district Secretary, P T M College Union Chairman and the YC district vice president.
P K Jayalakshmi: The lone woman legislator in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) inducted into Oommen Chandy Cabinet as a minister is the first representative of tribals in the state government.
Hailing from Kurichia community, which fought the erstwhile British colonial masters in 18th century under the stewardship of Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja, she won the Mananthawadi seat (Reserved) in the hilly Wayanad district with a margin of 12,734 votes in the April 13 assembly polls.
The 29-year-old Jayalakshmi also has the distinction of being the youngest in the cabinet. An archer par excellence, she started her political career through Kerala Students Union, affiliated to the
Congress. A graduate in communicative English, she was twice elected a board member of the Thavinjal grama panchayat.
A nominee of All India Congress committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, she also had the backing of Congress High Command, particularly party supremo Sonia Gandhi, who reportedly insisted for a ministerial berth for her.