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11 Kerala ministers win, three lose

Even though the ruling Left Democratic Front under chief minister VS Achuthanandan lost to the Congress-led opposition in the assembly elections, 11 ministers of the Kerala cabinet won the polls.

india Updated: May 13, 2011 18:59 IST

Even though the ruling Left Democratic Front under chief minister VS Achuthanandan lost to the Congress-led opposition in the assembly elections, 11 ministers of the Kerala cabinet won the polls.

The ruling Left combine won 68 seats, while the Congress-led United Democratic Front won 72 seats in the 140-member assembly.

While Achuthanandan recorded a hat-trick of wins form Malampuzha seat, his cabinet colleagues like home and tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, finance minister Thomas Issac, excise minister P K Gurudasan, education minister M A Baby, industries minister Elamaram Kareem, cooperation minister G Sudhakaran, Fisheries and Registration minister S Sarma and Electricity minister A K Balan won.

The other ministers who won were Food and Civil Supplies minister C Divakaran, Agriculture minister Mulakara Ratnakaran -- both from the Communist Party of India -- and Transport minister Jose Thettayil of the Janata Dal(S).

But N K Premachandran with irrigation portfolio, K Ramachandran of Devasom, which manages the temples in the state, and V Surendran Pillai with ports portfolio lost.

Five ministers in the Achuthanandan cabinet did not contest.