Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Kerala
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Surendran Pillai sworn in Minister

Special Correspondent

Kerala Congress (Thomas) nominee gets Ports and Youth Affairs portfolios



NEW RESPONSIBILITY: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan presents a bouquet to V. Surendran Pillai after he was sworn in Minister by Governor R.S. Gavai at a function at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.

Thiruvananthapuram: V. Surendran Pillai, the lone MLA of the Kerala Congress led by P.C. Thomas, was on Tuesday sworn in Minister in the V.S. Achuthanandan Cabinet. Governor R.S. Gavai administered the oath of office and secrecy at a solemn function at the Raj Bhavan.

The 54-year-old Surendran Pillai will hold the Ports and Youth Affairs portfolios.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, Speaker K. Radhakrishnan, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, Forest Minister Benoy Viswom, Devaswom Minister Ramachandran Kadannappally, Transport Minister Jose Thettayil, Mayor K. Jayan Babu and former Member of Parliament and Kerala Congress leader P.C. Thomas were present.

The Opposition was represented by Congress Deputy Leader in the Assembly G. Karthikeyan. Legislators representing Thiruvananthapuram were also present along with hundreds of Mr. Pillai's supporters who were accommodated in a special enclosure in the Raj Bhavan grounds to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr. Pillai's swearing-in ceremony was the seventh that the Raj Bhavan was witnessing after the Achuthanandan Ministry assumed office.

He is the 16th Kerala Congress leader to be sworn in as Minister.

Mr. Pillai won the Thiruvananthapuram West Assembly constituency on the Kerala Congress (Joseph) ticket.

He along with Mr. Thomas chose to stay put in the Left Democratic Front when the Kerala Congress (Joseph) decided to merge with the Kerala Congress (Mani) and quit the Left coalition two months ago.

The other three KC (Joseph) MLAs went along with the merger, leaving Mr. Pillai to represent the residual party, which took the name Kerala Congress (Thomas).

Mr. Pillai gets the plum portfolio of Ports, even though he has hardly any time before the Assembly elections which is due in eight months.

The Ports and Youth Affairs portfolios were with Mr. Vijayakumar, who has now been re-allotted Public Works, handled by the Kerala Congress (Joseph) till P.J. Joseph's exit. Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac was handling Public Works after Mr. Joseph's exit. With major port development programmes on the cards, including the Vizhinjam International Container Transhipment Terminal at a crucial stage, Mr. Pillai would have his hands full to give direction to this process.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Kerala

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2010, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu