KK Shailaja, Hailed Globally For Covid Handling, Not Included In Kerala Cabinet: Sources

Widely popular in the state as “Shailaja Teacher”, she had won by the biggest margin in the recent Kerala assembly election.

KK Shailaja ‘Teacher’, who garnered praises from all across the world for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as the state’s Health Minister, has been left out of the new cabinet of the Left-led government, sources have said.

The 64-year-old former minister, widely popular in the state as “Shailaja Teacher”, had won by the biggest margin in the recent Kerala assembly election, that brought historic feat for the incumbent LDF as it proceeded to form the government in the state for the second straight term.

KK Shailaja won by over 60,000 votes from her constituency in Kannur district.

Ms Shailaja was praised widely and referred to as “rockstar” health minister for her role in handling of the Covid outbreak in Kerala, which scored early successes in containing the spread of the virus in the first wave.

She had also drawn appreciation for the way she managed the Nipah virus crisis.

In September, the UK-based Prospect magazine selected Teacher as the “Top Thinker of the Year 2020”, while she was also interviewed by the BBC World for successfully managing the health crisis.

Many on the internet were surprised by the news as sources claimed Ms Shailaja would be excluded from the new cabinet.



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