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E P Jayarajan re-inducted into Pinarayi cabinet


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 14: CPI(M) central committee member, E P Jayarajan, who had resigned nearly two years ago from the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet following nepotism charges, was sworn in as a minister today.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to Jayarajan at a simple function held at the Raj Bhavan here this morning.

E P Jayarajan re-inducted into Pinarayi cabinet

Chief Minister Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues were among those present.

The second inning of Jayarajan as a minister was marked by boycott of the function by opposition Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) saying his reinduction was "unethical".

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Jayarajan, who had held the industries and sports portfolio, had resigned in October 2016 following nepotism charges on him.

He ran into trouble after the appointment of his nephew P K Sudheer Nambiar -- son of Kannur MP P K Sreemathi -- as the managing director of Kerala Industrial Enterprises Ltd.

However, the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, which probed the case, had absolved him of the charges.

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Jayarajan, considered close to Chief Minister Vijayan, had resigned on October 14, 2016, just five months after the LDF government took charge, in the wake of the raging appointment row.

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