VS Achuthanandan passed over, Pinarayi Vijayan to be Kerala CM

May 21, 2016, 08:34 IST | Agencies

Considering VS Achuthanandan’s age and physical limitations, CPI (M) has picked the strongman instead 

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI (M) strongman Pinarayi Vijayan is all set to become the next chief minister of Kerala with the party unanimously choosing him over 92-year-old veteran VS Achuthanandan, who played a major role in bringing the party back to power in the election.


The decision to nominate Politburo member Vijayan (72) as the leader of the LDF legislature party was taken at a meeting of the CPI (M) State Secretariat and Committee, here, yesterday.

Announcing the decision, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, who attended the meetings, said, “the party has decided to propose the name of Pinarayi Vijayan as LDF chief minister.”

Yechury said considering Achuthanandan’s age and physical limitations and recognising his role, “we have come to a unanimous decision to propose the name of Pinarayi Vijayan as leader of LDF legislature party.”

'Achuthanandan is our Fidel Castro'
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “Comrade VS is like Fidel Castro, where he acts in an advisor’s role. Like Castro, VS will play that role here.”

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