Left gets power in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 19
Eventually it was Kerala’s trend of anti-incumbency deciding Assembly elections that prevailed once again. Chief minister Oommen Chandy and his popular image with the electorate failed to undo the damage done by allegations of corruption and sleaze that marked his tenure. The southern state continued going against the incumbent, again choosing the Left alliance.
Though the LDF has comfortably won the majority in the 140-seat house, the focus will shift on who will be the chief minister. During campaigning, LDF leaders did not project any single person as the party’s CM candidate and had said it would be decided after the polls. Probable candidates for the top slot – party stalwart VS Achuthanandan and politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan – were both elected with a thumping majority.
According to CPM sources, the party leadership will meet in a day or two to elect its leader and it would be conveyed to the LDF partners, including CPI, NCP and JD-S. The Communist Party of India said its senior alliance partner CPM would take a decision on the next chief minister of the state. “As the major partner in the alliance, CPM would take a decision on it. They would communicate it to other partners, including us, and then we would take a joint decision,” CPI Kerala secretary Kanam Rajendran said, in response to a question on who will be the next
chief minister.
The CPI leader, who campaigned extensively in the state, said the legislature party leader of CPM would become the chief minister. “Let them take a decision on their legislature
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