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Achuthanandan set to become CM of Kerala, Buddha to be CM in WB

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) Octogenarian CPI(M) leader V S Achuthanandan is set to become the Chief Minister of Kerala and a final decision in this regard is expected to be announced after the party's state committee meeting in Thiruvanthapuram on May 15, according to party sources.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau, which had a nearly five-hour special meeting here, today cleared the name of Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee for the Chief Minister of West Bengal to lead the Left Front for a seventh successive term in office.

The Polit Bureau also asked the Kerala state committee to meet on May 15 to approve the name of the Chief Minister for Kerala.

Party sources said the Polit Bureau had virtually finalised the name of Mr Achuthanandan for Kerala, subject to approval by the state committee.

The veteran leader from Kerala, who led the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to a handsome victory in the assembly election in the state, was also persent at the Polit Bureau meeting.

When approached by reporters, Mr Achuthanandan remained tight-lipped and asked them to contact CPI(M) top leadership.

According to Mr Sitaram Yechuri, the Polit Bureau's proposal would be taken to the Kerala state committee meeting, where a final decision would be taken.

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