Kerala Current Affairs

Pinarayi Vijayan sworn-in as Kerala Chief Minister

Veteran CPI (M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala after the left Democratic Front (LDF) had won 2016 state assembly election.

State Governor P Sathasivam administered his oath of office and secrecy to him along with other 18 ministers of his government in Thiruvananthapuram.

In the 2016 state assembly election, the CPI (M)-led coalition of LDF had emerged victorious after winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly. Then ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) had emerged as largest opposition coalition after winning 47 seats.

About Pinarayi Vijayan

  • Born on 24 May 1945 in Malabar district in then Madras Presidency of British India.
  • He had entered into active politics through student union activities and had joined the Communist Party in 1964.
  • Currently he is a member of the CPI(M) and is also a member of its Politburo since he was elected in 2002.
  • He had served as Secretary of the Kerala State Committee of the CPI(M) from 1998 to 2015. He is the longest serving secretary in the history of party.
  • Earlier he was elected as MLA in 1970, 1977 and 1991 from Koothuparamba and in 1996 from Payyannur. In 2016 he won from from Dharmadom constituency
  • He had served as Minister of Electric Power and Co-operatives from 1996 to 1998 in then left government of Kerala.

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NGT bans light and heavy diesel vehicles over 10 years in six major cities of Kerala

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Circuit Bench of Kochi has banned light and heavy diesel vehicles which are more than 10 years old in six major cities of Kerala.

These six major cities are: Thiruvananthapuram (state capital), Kochi (commercial capital), Kollam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur.

Order in this regard was given by the NGT Circuit Bench comprising NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar and expert member Bikram Singh Sajwan.

The bench issued the order while hearing a petition filed by Lawyers’ Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) which had sought action against highly polluting diesel vehicles such as trucks and buses.

Besides, NGT also directed

  • State government not to register any diesel vehicle in the capacity of 2000 CC and more, except public transport and local authority vehicles.
  • If any vehicle is found to be violating this direction, it shall pay 5000 rupees as environmental compensation.
  • The compensation will be collected by pollution control board (PCB) or traffic police and they shall maintain separate account.
  • These funds should be utilized for betterment of environment in these cities.

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Kerala Assembly Election 2016 Results

The coalition of Left Democratic Front (LDF) has won the 2016 Kerala Assembly Election by the absolute majority by winning 91 seats (44.94% votes) of the total 140 seats.

Among the LDF, Communist Party of India (Marxist) by winning 58 seats has emerged single largest party. Other LDF allies have won

  • Communist Party of India: 19 seats.
  • Janata Dal (Secular): 3 seats.
  • Nationalist Congress Party: 2 seats.
  • Other LDF supporters: 9 seats.

The United Democratic Front (UDF) led by outgoing Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has emerged as largest opposition front. It has won total 47 seats (45.83% votes). Party wise result is as follows

  • Indian National Congress: 22 seats.
  • Indian Union Muslim League: 18 seats.
  • Kerala Congress (M): 6 seats.
  • Kerala Congress (Jacob): 1 seat.

BJP opens account in Kerala

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for the first time has managed to open an account in Kerala by winning single seat from the Nemom constituency, a suburb of state capital Thiruvananthapuram. BJP was able to secure 10.60% votes in this election.

The seat was won by former Union minister O Rajagopal (86) who won by over 8000 votes. He becomes first BJP MLA in Kerala’s 140-member assembly history.

Background

The general election for the 14th Kerala legislative assembly was held on May 16, 2016 in single phase to elect representatives of the 140 constituencies.

The voter turnout for this assembly election was higher at 77.35 per cent as compared to 75.12 per cent in the previous 2011 general election.

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