Kerala CM Vijayan Against Sending Yechury To RS Third Time

Groupism within CPM may derail the Party General Secretarya��s chances of remaining in the Rajya Sabha.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has objected to sending CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to Rajya Sabha for the third term.

While the Central Committee, the apex decision-making body of the party, is mulling over the issue, Vijayan has ruled out the possibility of party agreeing to elect Yechury from West Bengal with the support of Congress.

In an interview to a popular English daily, the Kerala Chief Minister maintained: a�?Accepting Congress support to send our Party General Secretary to Rajya Sabha would be against and not in accordance with the political stand we have been adopting.a�? Incidentally, Vijayan is also a member of the Party Politburo.

He maintained that a person, who is the General Secretary of the party, has to tour across the country as part of his party responsibilities. As such, he cannot do justice to his responsibilities as a Parliamentarian.

It is a known fact that nominations for Rajya Sabha have led to differences between two groups in the party. Sitaram Yechury is trying to get elected for the third time from West Bengal. However, the Prakash Karat group is objecting to it. As July 28 is the last date for filing of nominations for theA�August 8 election, the Central Committee has to decide soon as to who will be contesting for the Rajya Sabha this time around.

Similar opposition to Yechury was witnessed at the Party Politburo meeting held last month. There is a view doing the rounds that every leader should be given only two chances of going to the Rajya Sabha.

West Bengal and Tripura CPM units, however, want Yechury in the Rajya Sabha for the third time. They feel he is the best bet in articulating the leftist stance at the Parliament level. But, other State units have a different opinion regarding Yechury.

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