CPI(M) politburo member Pinaryi Vijayan will be the new Kerala chief minister. This was decided by the state secretariat meeting held in Thiruvanthapuram today. The decision was announced by party general secretary Sitaram Yechury in the presence of veteran leader VS Achuthanadan, party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
Yechury said considering the age and health limitations of Achuthanandan, the party has unanimously decided to select Pinarayi Vijayan as the chief minister.
He also said VS would be like what Fidel Castro is for Cuban people. ” He will guide the new government,” Yechury said.
Yechury and politburo member Prakash Karat had attended the meeting held at AKG Centre, the state headquarters of the party.
CPI(M) had not announced their chief ministerial candidate during the election period. VS had spearheaded the campaign for the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
There was some confusion among the party sympathisers about who will be the chief minister, if the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) wins. The Kerala unit of the party always preferred Vijayan, over the 92 year old Achuthanadan. But the party could not ignore VS, since he is the most popular politician in the state.
For more than 15 years, both VS and Pinrayi’s factional feud had been a big head ache for the central leadership. This fratcidal fight had dominated the mindscape of the CPI(M) cadres and sympathisers.
In Bengal, it was Yechury who pushed the tactical line to have an understanding with the Congress, which did not work in the eastern state. Leaders like Karat was opposing this move saying that opportunistic alliance with other parties is not in the interest of the CPI(M).
Yechury said those who talking about Congress-Left understanding deliberately hide the unholy nexus between BJP and TMC in Bengal.