Sitaram Yechury elected new CPI (M) general secretary
Vishakhapatnam: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury was unanimously elected the new general secretary of the party on Sunday.
At the meeting of the Central Committee, outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat proposed Yechury’s name and S R Pillai seconded it.
Yechury is the fifth general secretary of the 50-year-old party. He replaces Prakash Karat who has stepped down after three terms.
“The Central Committee unanimously chose Sitaram Yechury as our new general secretary,” Prakash Karat said.
Addressing the CPI(M) meet here, Yechury, after getting elected as the general secretary, said this is the congress of future, future of our party and our country.
“Our task is to strengthen unity of Left and democratic forces. The unmistakable conclusion of this congress is that the crisis in capitalism continues to deepen in the world. There is no alternative except to strengthen the struggle for socialism. If there is any future for human civilisation, that future lies in socialism,” the 62-year-old CPM leader said.
Earlier, veteran leaders V S Achuthanandan, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Nirupam Sen were dropped from the Central Committee.
The four new politburo members are Mohammed Saleem, Subhashini Ali, Hannan Mollah and G. Ramakrishnan. Subhashini Ali is the second woman in the politburo after Brinda Karat.