Sitaram Yechury Re-Elected For Second Term As CPI(M) General Secretary

| April 22 , 2018 , 14:30 IST

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) on Sunday re-elected current General Secretary of the party Sitaram Yechury for a second 3-year term on the last day of its national conference in Hyderabad.

Apart from Yechury, the 22nd CPI(M) Party Congress that came to an end on Sunday in Hyderabad also elected a 95-member Central Committee.

According to the CPI(M) constitution, an individual can be elected for a post for a maximum of 3 terms of 3 years each. The 65-year-old Yechury took over as CPI(M) General Secretary from Prakash Karat in the 21st Party Congress in 2015.

During Karat's 3-term stint as the General Secretary of the party, the CPI(M) plummeted from 61 seats in the Lok Sabha to just 11, and the party lost the state of West Bengal as well to arch-rival, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

However, under Yechury, the Left lost another major bastion, that of Tripura where the CPI(M) had formed government for a consecutive 25 years, leaving the party with only one state, namely Kerala.

The immediate challenge for the party would be to improve its tally in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls and restore the party’s importance in the opposition camp, after it lost Tripura to the BJP 'saffron wave'.

The CPI(M) amended its tactical line on Friday regarding an alliance with the Congress ahead of the 2019 polls, which is the largest Opposition party. While the Left would still not have a political alliance with the Congress, it appears to be ready for an 'understanding' in view of the 2019 polls.

From the earlier phrase “without any understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress” the CPI(M) has adjusted its line to “without political alliance with the Congress.”