New Delhi, July 27: CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, who is known for his diatribe against the ruling party and other votaries of Hindutva school of thought, may not get the third consecutive term for Rajya Sabha.
The Central Committee of the CPM has rejected the proposal of its West Bengal State Committee for offering third term to Sitaram Yechury in the Rajya Sabha. Instead, it directed the West Bengal State Committee to pick an independent candidate what woule be acceptable to the entire opposition parties in the state or go it alone in the Rajya Sabha biennial election.
West Bengal CPM unit’s proposal was put to vote by the Central Committee as the members from Bengal insisted on a division. The proposal was rejected by 50:30. Earlier, on June 7, the CPM Polit Bureau had decided that Yechury should not contest for the third time honouring the party convention.
The West Bengal State unit wanted Yechury be given the third chance as an exceptional case and the Congress too had offered its support to his candidature. The Kerala Unit was however not in favour and wanted to adhere to party convention and 21st CPM party Congress decision to accept any support or have understanding with the Congress party.
Yechury told media persons: “The CPI (M) had fixed a two-term norm to ensure a flow of leadership. Our principles are more important for us.”