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CPI(M) meet discusses Ministry formation

Written by: Staff

Thiruvananthapuram, May 14 : After CPI(M) politburo was learnt to have decided upon 82-year-old V S Achuthanandan as the next Chief Minister of Kerala, the party's state Secretariat today held a brainstorming session to decide the Ministry formation with 'rival factions' pushing forward their nominees.

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat participated in the crucial meeting, party sources said here today.

The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) has secured 98 seats in the 140-member State Assembly in the three-phase elections, throwing the Congress-led United Democratic Front out of power. The new ministry is likely to be formed on May 18 or 19.

Though the party dismissed as mere media fabrication the reported factionalism within the Kerala unit of the CPI(M) as the main cause of worry for the Central leadership, it was learnt that a consensus has emerged on the question of chief ministership, but the combination of the ministry remained a contentious issue.

The sources said party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan wanted to ensure that some key posts in the Ministry be given to his supporters. But others were of the opinion that Mr Achuthanandan should have the freedom to carry forward the administration.

The party state committee would meet tomorrow to take a final decision on the question of party's nominee for the post of chief ministership and the Cabinet members. Mr Karat, Mr Sitaram Yechuri and other top central leaders would place the view of the politburo before the state committee. The decision was likely to be announced tomorrow.

The sources said the Pinarayi faction wanted the Home and Vigilance portfolios be given to Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Though the other faction was insisting that the Chief Minister should retain the crucial portfolios, there was a likelihood that senior leader Paloli Mohammedkutty would be given these portfolios as a consensus to avoid friction. It is learnt that the Achuthanandan faction was also opposed to the inclusion of Mr Thomas Issac in the Cabinet.

However, a clear picture would emerge only at the state committee meeting tomorrow, the sources added.


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