Pinarayi Vijayan all set to become Kerala Chief Minister soon

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Daggers drawn Kerala CPM secretary Pinarayi Vijayan with EP Jayarajan in New Delhi
CPM Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: Shailendra Pandey

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan will soon become the Chief Minister of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala.

The party state secretariat favoured Pinarayi over VS Achuthanandan in the presence of party general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Politburo member Prakash Karat.

Achuthanandan’s departure from the office building soon after the meeting of the state secretariat said the inevitable. Though the veteran leader expressed his willingness to become the chief minister, a formal announcement will be made only on 20 May afternoon, but Achuthanandan’s departure told a different story.

Top CPM leaders Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat, who reached the Kerala capital this morning, held a meeting at the party headquarters and will announce the new chief minister in the afternoon.

A grassroots leader, Pinarayi has several times been accused of breaching party discipline, but there is a state party resolution before the national leadership demanding action against Achuthanandan for frequently breaching party discipline.