Hyderabad: The CPI-M on Sunday unanimously re-elected Sitaram Yechury as its General Secretary for another three years and he pledged to take steps to oust the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Yechury’s election was unanimous. There was no contest. Significantly, Yechury is all for an understanding between the Left and the Congress to ward off the BJP, as against his predecessor Prakash Karat’s line, which is opposed to any such re-alignment. Yechury’s proposal for having truck with the Congress had floundered in January. But the political resolution has been tweaked this time, which leaves the window open for an electoral understanding with the Congress with the avowed aim of dislodging the BJP.
The newly elected general secretary said they were mounting a challenge to the neo-liberal offensive that was aggressively unleashed by the Modi government and the RSS-BJP combine. “We are declaring to the country and to the whole world that we will not allow secular democratic foundations of India to be torn asunder by these communal forces and India shall remain united,” he said to a thunderous applause.
“If there is one message that has gone out from this 22nd party Congress, it is that the CPI-M has emerged united and determined to carry out the revolutionary task of putting forward alternative policy framework against the ruling classes’ policies,” he added. But Yechury is also taking over at a time CPM ratings are at a ‘low’ and the party only controls the state of Kerala. It is still licking its wounds after the recent electoral reverses in Tripura. Yechury, who has been a member of the CPI-M since 1974 when he joined its student wing, was first elected the CPI-M General Secretary in 2015. Born in Chennai, Yechury was educated in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, a city where he has spent most of his life.