The CPI(M) in Kerala is expected to take a decision on Tuesday on the crucial question if Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan should be fielded for the assembly polls to lead the ruling LDF once again.
The party’s Polit Bureau and the Central Committee, which met in Delhi last week, had left the delicate matter to the state unit to decide, apparently factoring in the factional trends that have been troubling the state unit for long.
According to CPI(M) sources here, the party’s state secretariat would discuss the issue first and form its opinion, which would be presented to the state committee later in the day for taking the final decision.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and Polit Bureau member S. Ramachandran Pillai are attending the meetings representing the central leadership.
If it was almost certain until a couple of months back that 87-year-old Achuthanandan would not be put up again, sudden upper hand gained by issues like corruption and scams have boosted his popular appeal.
This has made even his foes in the party to have a rethinking on his utility in the grim battle with the Congress-led UDF, which has performed quite well in the last Lok Sabha and civic polls.
Mr. Achuthanandan himself has made it clear that he is prepared to lead LDF once again if the party entrusted him with the task.