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P Vijayan to be Kerala CM, Achuthanandan to get cabinet post: Party sources

The CPI(M) state committee meet which began on Friday morning is likely to elect politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan as the next chief minister of Kerala.

Kerala 2016 Updated: May 20, 2016 15:37 IST
Pinarayi Vijayan,Kerala,V S Achuthanandan
Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan(HT photo)

The Communist Party of India(Marxist) is likely to elect senior politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan as the next chief minister of Kerala on Friday, a day after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) registered an emphatic victory over the Congress-led alliance in the assembly election.

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The LDF won 91 seats in the 140-member House as the scam-ridden United Democratic Front (UDF) was reduced to 47 seats with many incumbent ministers failing to win from their constituencies.

The decision will be taken during the committee meeting which began in the morning.

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The ever-bickering nonagenarian VS Achuthanandan will be given a new post with a cabinet rank to contain factional feuds in the party, a senior leader told the Hindustan Times.

“Like Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s post during the UPA regime, we will accommodate VS in a position with cabinet rank. With his falling age the veteran has almost came around the idea,” the leader, who did not wish to be named, said.

Sensing trouble for Pinarayi in the event of a victory, party officials insisted that Achuthanandan should lead the election campaign and not become a candidate. However, the central leadership had to intervene to ensure a seat for him.

In 2006, at the height of a faction feud both Achuthanandan and Pinarayi were denied assembly seats. Later the party had to change its decision and accommodate Achuthanandan after widespread protests broke out in state.

After Achuthanandan became the CM, Pinarayi filled his cabinet with his aides to seek revenge. Going by Achuthanandan’s past, he’s unlikely to give up before striking a hard bargain.

First Published: May 20, 2016 09:51 IST