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Elevation of more Kerala leaders likely within CPI-M

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

With being the only CPI-M- ruled state in the country, senior state level leaders from there are most likely to be elevated to the or even to the of the party during the five-day to held in starting April 18.

At present, the 91-member of the has 15 members from while four of the 16-member members are from the state.

A knowledgeable source in the party told IANS that 175 leaders from will be attending the party along with a large contingent of journalists from the party organ "Deshabhimani".

Chief continues to have an iron grip over the and wields considerable clout among the national leadership. It was most likely that the state will get more representation in the newly constituted committees, the source added.

"Although Vijayan and do not share the best of relations (as was seen during a decision on aligning with the at the national level), things will not be allowed to run loose when it comes to arriving at important decisions," said the source who did not wish to be identified.

"Everyone in the party knows that it is passing through a tough phase and it just cannot afford any difference of opinion to flare up," he said.

Veteran member S. Ramachandran Pillai, 80, has hinted at his exit from the Politburo as he wishes to concentrate more on writing.

Likewise, veteran leader and former P.K. Gurudasan, 82, is likely to be relieved from the

The replacements to these seats were likely to come from Kerala itself and the front runners to the Politburo include sitting member P. Karunakaran, who is married to the daughter of veteran Communist A.K. Gopalan; besides Finance Thomas Issac, senior party leaders E.and even Minister for SC/ST A.K. Balan, who is seen as the successor to

The new inductees to the Central Committee from the state might include and veterans and

"With the national leadership deciding on filling up leadership positions in the party with more women, it would not be surprising if one of the three Central Committee members -- member P.K. Sreemathy, or M.C. Josephine -- get elevated.

"Also there is every likelihood of fresh women inductees from Kerala into the Central Committee," said the source.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:14 IST