Thiruvananthapuram: In view of the COVID-19 protocol, it’s going to be a quiet birthday for veteran communist leader and former Chief Minister V.S Achuthanandan who turned 97 on Tuesday.
Only family members will be part of the celebration.
Currently, the chairman of the Administrative Reforms commission, Achuthanandan makes only occasional appearances in public due to his advanced age.
The oldest living Communist leader in the country, he has a special place in the party and among his followers.
“He is known to consult others over various matters and is not averse to finding out more about things he is unaware of. His ability to grasp matters is remarkable, something that he has gained through years of experience,” said CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
“After he became the LDF convener in 1996, he changed his style and started taking up issues including environmental issues. This led to widespread support even from outside the party,” Balakrishnan said.