V S Achuthanandan to be given post with cabinet rank, but CPM veteran says he has no clue

V S Achuthanandan

Veteran CPM leader V.S. Achuthanandan would be given a post in the LDF government of Kerala with cabinet rank, the CPM politburo has decided.

However, after the politburo meeting, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the state government will take a decision on VS’ post and not the politburo.

On the other hand, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Yechury will announce the politburo’s decision regarding VS’ post.

“If the government is taking any decision on this, it will be announced then,” Pinarayi, who returned to Thiruvananthapuram from New Delhi, told media.

When asked about the post, VS said that he does not have any information on the reports. “Nobody has told me anything about it,” Achuthanandan told reporters.

The nonagenarian leader was the star campaigner for the Left during the recently concluded assembly elections in which the LDF registered a thumping victory by winning 91 seats in the 140 constituencies, ousting Congress­led UDF from rule.

VS not to report to Pinarayi

The nature of Achuthanandan’s post will be decided only after further discussions. Sources said that the post would be an independent one and VS will not be directly reporting to CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

The Left front is very particular that there should not be twin power centers in the government. Such a situation would affect the functioning of the government, the party concluded.

Appointment of VS as an adviser to the government and welcoming him back to CPM state secretariat were some of the options that were under consideration in the politburo meeting. The move comes even as a controversy broke out over Achuthanandan’s note to Yechury.

Questions over CPM­Congress alliance in Bengal

Meanwhile, an argument broke out in the PB over the Congress­CPM alliance in West Bengal. The party’s Bengal segment reiterated that ties will be clinched with like­minded parties like Congress to ensure stiff resistance to Mamata Banerjee.

The CPM leaders from Bengal maintained that criticism against the alliance in Bengal was being made without understanding the situation in the state.

A section in the CPM had rebuffed the party’s nexus with Congress in Bengal during a debate on Sunday. They claimed that ties with the Congress stood against the policies of the party.

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