Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 29: Janata Dal (Secular) leader K Krishnankutty was sworn in as the new Water Resources Minister in the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet on Tuesday morning.
He replaced party colleague Mathew T Thomas, following a party decision. Governor P Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to Krishnankutty at a brief ceremony at Raj Bhavan.
While UDF members stayed away, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues, Left leaders, Mathew T Thomas and PC George and O Rajagopal, MLAs, were present.
Born to Kunjukutty and Janaki in 1944, Krishnankutty began his political life in 1964 in Indian National Congress. He was previously elected to the Kerala Assembly in 1980, 1982 and 1991. Currently representing Chittur, he was also serving as party state president.