Chief minister of Kerala will be decided on Friday, says Karat

New Delhi: The new chief minister of Kerala will be decided on Friday, CPM leader Prakash Karat said on Thursday after the Left returned to power in the state.

Prakash Karat. AFP

Prakash Karat. AFP

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist is set to win 91 of the 140 seats in the Kerala assembly.

Karat said the CPM 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 CPM in Kerala is known to support Pinarayi Vijayan, it remains to be seen if the national leadership wants to give a second term to 92-year-old VS 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 Kerala: "We will ensure that the state is put on the right track of governance. Our prime concern will be women's safety."

Said another CPM leader, K Balakrishnan: "This is the verdict against the anti-people programmes of the UDF government."

Updated Date: May 19, 2016 15:58 PM

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