Thiruvanthipuram, May 19: It has been a red wave in Kerala. The LDF has trounced the UDF as the exit polls had suggested. With the LDF set to form the government the big question now is who would be the Chief Minister.
The obvious race is between the 92 year old V S Achuthanandan and Pinrayi Vijayan. While both are hot contenders, a final decision on this would be taken on May 20 when the party meets.
At the start of the campaign, the party did expect that there would be no trouble at all in making Vijayan the Chief Minister. However, Achuthanandan threw his hat in at the last minute and said he was ready to take up the post of Chief Minister.
Will it be a split term:
Speculation is rife that the LDF would accommodate both the leaders. Considering his seniority and contribution, there is a chance that Achuthanandan may be offered the CM's first for a period of two years.
Following this Vijayan could be made the CM for the rest of the term.The party cannot ignore both leaders. Achuthanandan is immensely popular among the grass root level workers.
Moreover, he has contributed immensely to the party and taking his seniority into consideration, the party cannot ignore him.
On the other hand Vijayan is an excellent administrator. Being at the helm of affairs in the party for over 15 years he has proved that he is good when it comes to taking decisions and running the party.
This actually puts the CPI(M) in a tight spot. However, sources indicate that they will not let this turn into a battle and ruin a happy moment. There is a good chance that both would be made Chief Ministers on a term sharing basis.