The CPI-M politburo's decision to suspend Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan from the highest party body is unlikely to resolve the crisis in the state unit, at least in the near future.
The weakening of the authority of the two leaders are bound to throw up fresh issues in the party as well as the government until the central leadership follows up Saturday's decision with firm actions in the coming days.
It is a big irony that Achuthanandan had to face the politburo's wrath at a time when he is basking under the glory of the drive against landgrab and Vijayan firming up his position in the party set-up ahead of the triennial party elections.
The question staring at the government and the party is how far Achuthanandan could effectively execute his policies and programmes and how confidently Vijayan could face the cadre down the line in the multi-level elections in the party.
According to CPI-M watchers in Thiruvananthapuram, the problems in the party would defy a solution unless the central leadership created an atmosphere for an alternative leadership to emerge.
However, in a party like CPI-M it is not possible to impose new leadership from above. For this process, the normal party procedures based on the principle of the democratic centralism has to be gone through.
"We knew that the Polit Bureau is going to act sternly after the current round of wranglings by the two leaders. But we never expected it was going to be this harsh," a CPI-M local leader said.