Yechuri is CPM General Secretary
- Gets elected unopposed at Vizag conclave
VISAKHAPATNAM: Senior Communist leader Seetharam Yechury on Sunday was unanimously elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) with Ramachandran Pillai withdrawing from the race in the last minute.
The CPI-M national convention being held in Visakhapatnam has concluded in the evening of Sunday. On the last day of the convention, election was held for national party executive and a 16-member CPI-M Politburo was elected with Seetharam Yechury, Prakash Karat, Ramachandran Pillai, Biman Basu, Manik Sarkar, Vijayan, B V Raghavulu, Balakrishnan, M A Baby, Suryakanth Mishra, Padmanabhan, Brinda Karat, Mohd Saleem, Subhashini Ali, Hannar Molla and G Ramakrishnan.
Speaking on the occasion, Yechury declared that he would spare no efforts for making the party stronger. He also vowed that he would discharge the duties assigned to him effectively and strive to solve the internal party problems all over the country on top priority as the unity of the Left parties was indispensable. He also said he would effectively expose the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. He also observed that the Congress party was in a critical phase.
Seetharam Yechury joined the All India Students Federation in 1974 and went underground for some time during the infamous Emergency during Indira Gandhi regime. He was elected student leader in Delhi during 1977-78. Yechury was attracted to Communism right from his student days and participated in party sponsored programs.
Yechury was elected as Joint Secretary of NFI in 1978. He joined the CPI-M in 1984 and was elected national committee member in 1985 and as Politburo member in 1992. Seetharam was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2005 and became party general secretary on April 19, 2015. (NSS)