As LDF won 91 out of 140 seats on Thursday, the CPI(M) central leadership has named that Pinarayi Vijayan as the next Chief Minister of Kerala instead of former CM and 93-year-old veteran CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan. Both these two leaders have had acrimonious relationship in the past and now the central leadership has chosen Vijayan to become the CM of the state.
Vijayan is 71 years old and has served as minister in the Kerala cabinet earlier. He was the general secretary of the state unit of CPI(M) from 1998-2015. He was inducted in CPI(M) politburo way back in 2002.
However, both Vijayan and Achuthanandan were in forefront of the campaign of LDF, in the meeting held in Trivandrum on Friday, it was decided to make Vijayan the Chief Minister of Kerala. Party general secretary Sitaram Yechury was also present in the meeting.
It is important to mention that at the age of 93, Velikkakath Sankaran Achuthanandan still had hopes of becoming the chief minister and he, bravely participated in the campaign despite of the heat. And he did not show any fatigue either.
In addition to that, he defeated 29-year-old VS Joy of Congress in Malampuzha by a huge margin of votes.