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It's official: Sitaram Yechury is new CPI-M general secretary

Last updated on: April 19, 2015 17:03 IST

Former CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury, Manik Sarkar and Brinda Karat at the party's 21st National Congress in Visakhapatnam. Photograph: PTI Photo

Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury was on Sunday unanimously elected the new general secretary of the party.

The party also elected 91 members of its central committee and also the 16-member politburo on the concluding day of its 21st congress in Vishakhapatnam.

Addressing the CPI-M meet, 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," Yechury, 62, said.

Yechury's name for the post was proposed by outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat and seconded by S Ramachandran Pillai.

Prior to his election, Yechury was considered as the front-runner for the post of general secretary. Pillai had on Saturday rubbished the reports suggesting that he was also in the race for the top job in CPI-M, saying the party will decide the candidate for the post.

During its 21st congress which concluded in Vishakhapatnam, the CPI-M said that the immediate task on its hand was the fight against the Narendra Modi government's policies and ‘communal’ agenda of the Hindutva forces, but ruled out joining hands withn the Congress in its campaign.

"This (fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party and its policies) is the main task at hand. This requires a concerted opposition to the Modi government's economic policies and its Hindutva-oriented social and educational policies," said the draft political resolution adopted by party on Saturday.

Yechury also said a plenum will be held by the end of the calendar year to review the party position and chalk out strategies to strengthen it independently.

Terming issues such as ‘communal agenda, neo-liberal policies and move towards dismantling democratic pillars’ of the present government as ‘Trimurty’, he said the party has to effectively combat these three forces, lest it would become ‘Trishul’ and pierce into the heart of the nation.

"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," he said.

Yechury also said the immediate task before the party was the fight against the Narendra Modi government's policies and ‘communal’ agenda of the Hindutva forces.

Yechury's name for the post was proposed by outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat and seconded by senior party leader S Ramachandran Pillai.

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