The new chief minister of Kerala will be decided on Friday, CPIM leader Prakash Karat said on Thursday after the Left swept the Assembly election in the state.
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of IndiaMarxist is set to win 91 of the 140 seats in the Kerala assembly.
Karat said the CPIM would name its chief minister on Friday. “The state secretariat and state committee will meet in Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow to elect a leader.”
While a majority in the CPIM in Kerala is known to support Pinarayi Vijayan, it remains to be seen if the national leadership wants to give a second term to 92yearold V.S. Achuthanandan.
“It has been a wave and the people of Kerala have given a fitting reply to the corrupt (Oommen) Chandy government,” Karat, a politburo member who hails from Kerala. Achuthanandan, meanwhile, said in Palakkad: “We will ensure that the state is put on the right track of governance. Our prime concern will be women’s safety.”