V. S. Achuthanandan

V. S. Achuthanandan

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V. S. Achuthanandan

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Velikkakathu Sankaran Achuthanandan (; born 20 October 1923) is an Indian politician and a former Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. He had been a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of India since 1985, and until July 2009, when he was reverted to the Central Committee of the party owing to his ideological dispositions.

V. S. Achuthanandan was one of the most popular chief ministers in the history of Kerala, with most of the pre and post poll surveys, around the April 2011 assembly elections, choosing him as the best suited for the post of the Chief Minister.

One of the founding leaders of the CPI in India, and the only alive among the founding leaders, Achuthanandan is the senior most leader of the party in India. He played a major role in building the party cadre in the state of Kerala. Popularly known for his allegiance toward the founding principles of the party, he usually finds it difficult to adjust himself to the changing policy of the CPI leadership.

He was a force of influence in promoting Free Software in the state, and especially in adopting Free Software in the public education system of the state. Widely acclaimed decisions or actions as the Chief Minister were, the demolition drive in Munnar which claimed back acres of illegally occupied land, the demolition drive in Kochi M. G. Road which claimed back the long lost shoulder of the road, anti-piracy drive against film-piracy, his struggle against...
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