Malayalam newspapers are screaming with headlines today about Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan’s challenge to the official leadership of the CPI (M) in the State. It is indeed a challenge; but it would be naïve to believe that the Chief Minister would fight the official leadership now.
The challenge is just a means for the ensnared Chief Minister to show that he is kicking. He has neither the strength nor the will to fight the party. Even if he gathers the will, support in the party is lacking.
But to continue in his post, the Chief Minister has to show that he has some grit. For that, he has to fall back on to narration of his electoral victory and Munnar Mission.
After failure to carry on with almost all his missions professed as Opposition Leader, he has little justification before the people to continue in his post. He lacks administrative experience and ability to lead his Council of Ministers. However, what his opponents lack is the moral force to oust him. So, Kerala will neither have an all out moral fight against the mafias or the amoral pursuit of development at any cost.