Sitaram Yechury re-elected as CPM General Secretary

Prakash Karat

Prakash Karat

"We commend their approach to weed out those who were not active", Karat said. Thus the CPM decision to support the Congress comes as no surprise to seasoned politicians and political observers.

The CPM, in an editorial written in the party organ People's Democracy, much before the all India conference in Hyderabad clarified its electoral tactics in the run upto 2019.

"As far as the word understanding is concerned, we have defined the scope of that understanding with the Congress party".

The CPI (M) on Sunday unanimously re-elected Sitaram Yechuri its general secretary at its 22nd party congress here.

In the Kolkata Central Committee meeting in January, the Karat faction defeated Yechury's draft resolution by 31:55 vote. That is why Com.

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Brinda, wife of Prakash Karat, told the media that the party congress had discussed steps to strengthen the Left Front in West Bengal without banking on Congress, which oscillates between the Left camp and Trinamool Congress whenever polls come.

"We are aware of the social composition of various committees in the party, and we will not disappoint you", she had said.

The resolution did not define that such left and democratic front would be an anti-Congress entity.

While both camps were in agreement about the party's anti-BJP and anti-Hindutva stance, they differed over support to Congress.

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Karat was against teaming up with the Congress and the the party was split on the issue.

"This time it was the alliance which has been ruled out".

Yechury's draft political resolution, which too was introduced before congress delegates as a minority line, however, favoured tactical understanding with the Congress to defeat the BJP which represents "communal forces". The party's 95-member central committee, its highest policymaking body, was also appointed at the congress.

(G.N.S) Dt. 22 Hyderabad We had a momentous Congress, detailed discussions and we have taken important decisions in this Congress. "It would be sheer inability on our part if we allow another break in the party on the same line over Congress. Prakash gave a patient hearing and all senior leaders later sat together to chalk out a strategy", said the leader. To which, Yechury is reported to have replied that it would be ideal if someone else were to contest against him as Sarkar's successful election would send a bad signal to Tripura's electorate in the immediate aftermath of the election held there. He won some and lost some. "If any message that should go to rank and file and our class enemy, it is that CPI (M) has emerged as a united party", said Mr. Yechury. This will be his second term.

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