Decision on Kerala crisis likely by evening today
New Delhi, Mar 21 (UNI) A decision on the crisis in the faction-ridden Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India(Marxist) is expected by this evening.
The crisis, which reached its peak following denial of ticket to Leader of Opposition V S Achuthanandan for the coming state assembly elections, was discussed at an emergency meeting of the Polit Bureau, but the vexed leadership issue evaded consensus in the morning session.
The issue would figure exclusively again in the post-lunch session of the meeting.
Party insiders indicated that there are signs of a consensus on the Achuthanandan issue emerging at the post-lunch session of the Polit Bureau, which is convened to discuss the "Kerala affairs" in the context of the April-May assembly elections.
"In all likelihood, the crisis will blow over," sources said.
It seems that veteran party leaders, including former CPI (M) General Secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet, have been using their good offices to ease the situation.
Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told mediapersons that the meeting would resume at 1500 hours. "The official decision will be made public in the evening," he added.
Another senior member M K Pandhey expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved today itself.
Interestingly, Mr Achuthanandan and his arch rival and state unit Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan who came separately to attend the meeting in the morning, were seen going together in the same car during lunch break.
When approached by media persons, Mr Achuthanandan, who looked tired refused to reply to any of the questions like whether he was satisfied with the deliberations or if he would campaign for the party or whether he was hopeful of a positive outcome in today's meeting.
On the other hand, Mr Vijayan said they would campaign together for the party.
As many as 13 out of the 18 members of the Polit Bureau are attending the meeting. None of the members from West Bengal have turned up for the meeting in view of the serious health condition of the party's state secretary Anil Biswas.
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