Veteran CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala on 25 May 2016. Governor P Sathasivam administered his oath of office and secrecy along with other 18 ministers in Thiruvananthapuram.
He won the 2016 Kerala Legislative Assembly election as the CPI(M) candidate for Dharmadom constituency.
Of those who were sworn on the occasion are 12 ministers from CPI-M including Pinarayi Vijayan. While 4 ministers are from CPI, 3 others are from Congress(S), NCP and JD(S). Eight of those who were sworn on the occasion became ministers for the first time.
Earlier on 19 May 2016, the CPI (M)-led left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala after 5 years, winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly, while UDF won 47 seats.
For the first time in the history of Kerala Assembly, BJP has opened its account winning 2016 Kerala assembly election from Nemom seat.
• He is a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and currently a member of its Politburo. He was elected to the politburo of the CPI(M) in 2002.
• He was Secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the CPI(M) from 1998 to 2015.
• He was the longest serving secretary in the party's history.
• He also served in the government of Kerala as Minister of Electric Power and Co-operatives from 1996 to 1998.
• He entered politics in 1964 by joining the Communist Party.
• Before that, he was a student union activist at Govt Brennen College, Thalassery.
• He became Kannur district secretary of the Kerala Students Federation (KSF), which later became the Students Federation of India (SFI).
• He went on to become the state secretary and subsequently the state president of KSF.
• He then moved on to Kerala State Youth Federation (KSYF), which later became the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
• He became the president of the state committee.
• During that period, when communists in Kerala were organising the political activities from different hide-outs, Pinarayi Vijayan was imprisoned for one and a half years.
• Later, he was elected as the president of the Kerala state co-operative bank.
• He became the Kannur district secretary of the CPI(M) when M.V. Raghavan left the party over the ‘alternative document' row.
• Within three years, he became a member of the State secretariat.
• He was elected to the Assembly in 1970, 1977 and 1991 from Koothuparamba and in 1996 from Payyannur.
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