Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as the Chief Minister of Kerala with 19 ministers at the central stadium in capital Thiruvananthapuram in a ceremony that drew over 30,000 people.
• Pinarayi Vijayan served for 17 years as the CPM's Kerala state secretary, the longest tenure ever.
• He has been elected to the state assembly five times and won this year's election from Dharmadam constituency by a margin of 36,000 votes.
• In his cabinet, Mr Vijayan will have 12 ministers from the CPM or Communist Party of India-Marxist, four from the Communist Party of India or CPI and one each from LDF constituents the Janata Dal-S, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress-S.
• Govt. major promises are safety for women and minorities, welfare of students and the elderly and a promise of new jobs and control of inflation.