THIRUVANANTHPURAM: The CPM is all set to bring in new faces in state committee at the four-day state conference beginning in Thrissur from February 22.
The front-runners for a berth in the state committee are DYFI national president P.A. Mohammad Riyaz, DYFI state secretary A.N. Shamseer, the newly-elected Wayanad district secretary P.P. Gagarin and Malappuram district secretary E.N. Mohandas.
Education minister C.N. Raveendranath, who is a special invitee to the state committee, will find a regular place this time.
Shoranur MLA P.K. Shashi and former MLA of Azhikode M. Prakashan are also expected to reach the state committee.
Among women probables, the name of Girija Surendran is also doing the rounds. The state leadership wants to accommodate youth, experienced leaders and women in the new committee. More names are likely to come up during the course of discussions.
With factionalism in the party now almost a thing of the past, the possibility of a contest or parallel panel at the conference is remote. There is much more unity in the party and the leadership is united.
Unlike Alappuzha state conference, the Thrissur meet is unlikely to witness any fireworks. V.S. Achuthanandan had staged an unprecedented walk out from the state conference in the presence of party top leaders. The veteran leader was upset with the targeted attack on him during the discussions on political and organisational report.
The party state secretariat resolution which had termed Mr Achuthanadnan as "someone working with an anti-party mindset," had set the tone for the discussions. The state leadership has come along way since last conference. Mr Achuthanadnan will be hoisting the party flag at the venue of delegate session on Feburary 22.
The state conference is also set to extend support to the draft political resolution which has opposed any electoral tie up with the Congress.
Barring Mr Achuthanandan, all other members of central panel had supported the Prakash Karat line....