Achuthanandan resigns as Kerala chief minister

Achuthanandan said that he will become the opposition leader if his party wants.

Updated: May 14, 2011, 14:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Thiruvananthapuram: VS Achuthanandan on Saturday resigned as Kerala chief minister, a day after the Left Democratic Front led by him lost the Assembly polls by a slender margin. He submitted his resignation to Governor RS Gavai on this morning.

Achuthanandan told reporters today that the Congress-led UDF coalition, which secured the wafer-thin majority, has criminals, adding people with criminal background should not be made ministers.

He also said that he will become the opposition leader if his party so desires.

Right from the morning, a steady stream of top officials and political leaders came to call on Achuthanandan.

Governor RS Gavai asked Achuthanandan to continue in office as a care taker chief minister till the next government takes office.

The CPI (M)-led LDF secured 68 seats while the Congress-led UDF won 72 seats in the 140-member Assembly polls on Friday.

The presence of CPI (M)-led LDF as a strong and vigilant opposition will be a compelling factor for the UDF to be doubly cautious in its every move in the coming days.

Accepting the defeat, the CPI (M) made it clear that the LDF would sit in opposition and would not encourage any party to cross from the rival side. The LDF is certain to closely watch the government without letting go of any chance to "oppose and expose" the rival.

Congress introspective

Meanwhile, State Congress president and newly-elected legislator Ramesh Chennithala said that though they have won the battle, their victory was not as they expected.

"We expected to win anywhere between 80 to 90 seats, but it did not happen. We will do an introspection as to why this happened," said Chennithala.

He went on to add that the slender majority is not going to be a bother.

"Generally if the margin of victory is big, then lethargy seeps in and creates problems. This small majority would be a great impetus to all of us to work as a cohesive unit."

"And no one needs to speculate that we will not be able to do a clean job. We will be a performing government and that`s for certain," Chennithala told reporters in Kochi.

(With IANS inputs)