Thiruvanthapuram, October 20: One of the country’s oldest politicians, CPI-M veteran V.S. Achuthandan turned 92 on Tuesday doing what he excels in — blasting his rivals. Among the first to call on the former Kerala chief minister to wish him birthday greetings were Congress leader and former chief minister A.K. Antony and CPI-M politburo member M.A. Baby. Many other party colleagues poured in, wishing him a long life. But it wasn’t like a birthday that others would have. Some came to meet their leader with their persol woes. Like a good politician, he gave them a patient hearing.
Amid the crowds, his wife, son and grandchildren offered him sweets and a cake. The Communist Party of India-Marxist leader, who is considered the leader of the rebel faction in the party, then roared against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on his style of governce. “Everyone knows what is going to be his fate. (ians)