Thiruvananthapuram: Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy will be sworn in as the next chief minister of Kerala on Wednesday.
UDF convener PP Thankachan announced at a press meet that Chandy will take oath on May 18 at a simple ceremony to be held at the Raj Bhavan.
After unanimously being elected as Congress Legislature Party Leader, 67-year-old Chandy called on Governor R S Gavai on Sunday evening and staked claim to form the next government.
Ending uncertainties, Chandy emerged as the sole contender for the top post after KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala opted out of the race.
After a meeting of the 38-member CLP, presided over by AICC observers Moshina Kidwai and Madhusudan Mistry, Chennithala announced that Chandy would lead the ministry.
"The choice was unanimous and has been endorsed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi," he said.
Emerging from the CLP meet, Chandy said the UDF's slender majority would not come in the way of the Front offering a stable and pro-people administration as the coalition would take it up as their prime task.
Chandy will head the 21st ministry in the state, where the UDF combine wrested power from the LDF, securing a wafer-thin majority of 72 seats in the 140-member Assembly.
Chandy became the Kerala CM in 2004 after senior Congress leader AK Antony vacated the post to take up a national assignment.
Since 2006 he has been serving as the Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
With inputs from PTI
First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, 00:58