Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) which has always been a leading party in the Left front coalition, elected Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury as the fifth General Secretary at the party’s 21st party congress held at Vishakhapatnam from April 14 to 19. Yechury has replaced Prakash Karat who had been General Secretary of CPI (M) from three consecutive terms that is from 2005 to 2015.
CPI (M)’s new Central Committee has 91 members besides five special invitees and five parliament invitees. Although, experienced politicians V. S. Achuthanandan, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Nirupam Sen were dropped from the Central Committee. Yechury termed 21st CPI (M) Congress as a “congress for the future” of the party, India and left unity.
Yechury also attacked PM Narendra Modi and his government using the platform. Yechury said, “The Modi government has unleashed a new trimurti – communalism, neoliberal economic policies and erosion of democratic practices. We must ensure that this Trimurti unleashed by the Modi government doesn’t convert into trishul that will pierce the heart of India.”
The newly elected General Secretary said that his prime concern would be to strengthen the party and united left front in the country and that’s why the Central Committee of the party has proposed to have an organizational session, in 2015. Sitaram Yechury who is a consistent critic of US foreign policy and who strongly criticized the visit of US president Barack Obama on Republic Day celebration in India is known for his straightforward approach in bringing up the issues to the government. Ahead of the formation of Janata Parivar which is amalgamation of Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), CPI (M) too is trying to reorganize itself after the wretched defeat in 2014 general elections.