Sitaram Yechury re-elected CPI(M) general secretary

Veteran leaders being felicitated in CPI ’s 22nd party congress being held in Hyderabad. Credit CPI Twitter

Veteran leaders being felicitated in CPI ’s 22nd party congress being held in Hyderabad. Credit CPI Twitter

Downplaying difference of opinions on issues within the party as "discussions" in the ongoing 22nd All India Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, politbureau member Brinda Karat said that a review of the same is presently ongoing in the congress in Hyderabad. A consensus to this effect was arrived in the steering committee meeting on Saturday.

In 2015, it was more a personal battle for Yechury to become the general secretary of the party. Sarkar said Yechury, 65, was elected by a 95-member new Central Committee, which also elected a 17-member new Politburo.

His predecessor Prakash Karat has been opposing any kind of understanding with the Congress whatsoever, and it was his version of the resolution that was endorsed by the Central Committee, with 55 votes to 31.

The CPI-M meet passed a resolution strongly condemning horrific rapes of minors in Kathua and Unnao. So, there will be no pre-election understanding with Congress. One of the crucial reason why Yechury has been re-elected as party's General Secretary is party's resolution to open doors to an understanding with the Congress party in order to fight against the BJP and RSS. Ashok Dhawale, the party's face in Maharashtra, could be brought into the politburo.

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Prakash Karat addresses a press conference in Hyderabad on Friday. However, keeping in mind the CPM's aim to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it is ready to have an "understanding" with secular opposition parties within Parliament, including the Congress. As far as the official resolution piloted by Karat, the CPM will not help Congress electorally.

File image of CPM leader Sitaram Yechury. The Karat camp, supported by Tripura and Kerala units of the party, was isolated with delegates from 16 other state units supporting Yechury's line. She also indicated that regional secular parties would be preferred to Congress, a national secular party, when it comes to fighting the BJP. Brinda's clarification too makes it clear that there was no good news to Congress from this CPM congress. "It is not permissible", Brinda said.

"The political organisational report has said that what happened in 2016 is not in consonance with the political line (adopted) in the past".

The Kerala unit of the CPI (M) have been lobbying hard against any understanding with the congress party given the peculiar nature of the politics in Kerala, where the congress is the principal political opponent of the CPI (M).

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