THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Central Stadium at the heart of the capital city will witness the swearing-in ceremony of its new Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a colourful function scheduled to begin at 4 pm on Wednesday. The function is expected to witness huge articipation of the public as well as top political leaders and celebrities as Thiruvananthapuram is all set to be painted in red.
Apart from Vijayan, 18 ministers -- 12 from CPM, four from CPI and one each from Janata Dal (S), Congress (S) and NCP -- will also be sworn-in at the stadium which can hold around 30,000 people. Additional screens are also set up outside the venue for those who cannot make it to the stadium.
Following the ceremony, the first Cabinet meeting will take place at around 6.30 pm. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechurt, politburo member Prakash Karat and film actor Mammootty are among those who will be in attendance for the function. Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister designate Vijayan visited Governor P Sathasivam at Raj Bhavan here and submitted a tentative list of members of the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, a green protocol will be implemented during the swearing-in ceremony of the LDF government, informed Kerala State Suchitwa Mission who have joined hands with the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation. According to them, the event will be a zero-waste event to reduce the carbon footprint. A team of Suchitwa Mission volunteers have been deployed to ensure the protocol is maintained.