Politics

Pinarayi Vijayan to be Next Kerala Chief Minister

Pinarayi Vijayan in a file photo. Credit: Fotokannan/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Pinarayi Vijayan in a file photo. Credit: Fotokannan/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan is set to be the next chief minister of Kerala.

Party sources said that the decision to make Vijayan, who is 72 years old, the next chief minister of the state was taken at a meeting at the CPI(M)’s headquarters, AKG Bhavan.

A formal announcement is expected by 4 pm today after the CPI(M) state committee ratifies the decision.

CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan, who was also in the race for the post, was called to the headquarters and informed about the decision.

The CPI(M) secretariat and its Kerala committee met today in the presence of party general secretary Sitaram Yechury to take a decision on the chief ministerial candidate after LDF emerged victorious in the assembly polls.

Party sources said that the decision to make Vijayan the next chief minister was unanimous.

Achuthanandan, who was the face of LDF campaign, and Vijayan were elected to the assembly from Malampuzha and Dharmadam respectively.

Vijayan is the only politburo member who has been elected to the Assembly this time.

In the 140-member state assembly, the CPI(M)-led LDF won 91 seats, the UDF headed by the Congress got 47 seats, while the BJP and independents bagged one each.

Party workers at AKG Bhavan celebrated by distributing sweets after the decision to nominate Vijayan as the chief ministerial candidate was made public.