Achuthanandan, the current CM and probably the most popular leader of CPM in Kerala, will contest the 2011 Kerala elections.
Just two days back, CPM had decided not to field the 87 year old Achuthanandan in the polls. It led to protests across the state by Achuthanandan supporters. Then yesterday, Achuthanandan himself told news reporters that he was disappointed with the decision and he will not even campaign for CPM in Kerala. Now, CPM has announced that he will contest from Malampuzha constituency in Palakkad district, which is his existing seat.
CPM knew quite well that if Achuthanandan does not support its cause in Kerala for the polls, a defeat would be almost certain. He is probably the best ebt for CPM led LDF who are trying to thwart the challenge posted by Congress led UDF. Fear of a bad result finally made CPM reverse its decision on Friday. It should be pointed out here that CPM did the same thing in 2006 assembly polls as well. It first denied Achuthanandan a ticket and then buckled under pressure and gave him the ticket.
Kerala is scheduled to go to polls on April 13th.