In a strange turn of events, CPM has denied ticket to its current CM Achuthanandan for the upcoming Kerala Elections 2011.
Along with Achuthanandan three other ministers have been bid goodbye. Now, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan will lead the election campaign for CPM in Kerala. Balakrishnan will contest the polls from Thalassery constituency in Kannur district.
Achuthanandan, who is 87 years old, has decided not to even campaign for CPM in Kerala. He has been denied a ticket owing to his ill health, and he feels that since he is not fit to lead CPM, he is not fit to campaign for them either. Meanwhile, supporters of Achuthanandan took to the streets in kerala protesting CPM’s decision.
It should be remembered that 5 years back in 2006, CPM took the same decision of leaving Achuthanandan out of polls, but subsequent pressure by his supporters forced CPM to change the decision.
CPM is facing a tough polls this year as the two main states ruled by them, West Bengal and Kerala, go to polls. Reports suggest that CPM is set to lose elections in both states! In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and Congress have not yet been able to finalize on the seats yet. While TMC wants to give Congress only 63 seats, Congress is adamant on 84 seats. If the alliance doesn’t go through, it may help CPM.
5 state assembly elections are scheduled from 4th April to 10th May, with results on May 13th.