65-year-old Yechury was elected by a 95-member new Central Committee, which also elected a 17-member new Politburo.

Yechury re-elected as CPI M gen secy vows to oust Modi govtFile photo: Flickr
news Politics Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 17:09

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 re-election took place on the last day of the party's 22nd Congress in Hyderabad, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar announced.

Sarkar said Yechury (65), was elected by a 95-member new Central Committee, which also elected a 17-member new Politburo.

"Yechury's election was unanimous. There was no contest," Sarkar told IANS.

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.

Re-elected to the top post a year ahead of the general elections, Yechury said the CPI (M)'s first goal was to oust the BJP-RSS Modi government.

In his address to the party delegates from across the country, he assured them that he would try to fulfil the immense responsibility of this office to the best of his capability.

The five-day conclave saw the groups led by Yechury and former General Secretary Prakash Karat agreeing to amendments in the draft political resolution.

The resolution, while ruling out a political alliance with the Congress party, made it clear that it was ready for an understanding with that party. It reiterated that its first and foremost goal was to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Senior CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Saturday said that her party differentiates between regional secular parties and the Congress as far as alliances are concerned.

She said her party will make every effort to have joint struggles with regional secular parties on mutually agreed issues but there will be absolutely no political alliance with the Congress party.

The CPI (M), the largest party of the Left, has faced electoral reverses in West Bengal and more recently in Tripura. It is now in power in only Kerala.


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