The seat became vacant after Mani resigned from the Rajya Sabha on January 9 early this year after his party joined the LDF fold before the Assembly polls. His tenure will now extend till July 2024.
The CPM and CPI, which won 79 of the 99 seats they had contested, could have shared the power by sidelining the allies. But for the first time in the State, the Front decided to fix terms for ministers to accommodate smaller alliance partners.
Mani, whose party's support base is rooted in the minority Christian community in Central Kerala, also urged the government to implement a special package in case of any loss to any section of minorities due to the court order.