CPI (M) National Congress Begins, Amid Speculation Of Vital Political Outcome

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Hyderabad: The CPI (M) began its 22nd Party Congress – one of the most critical meets in its history – in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

The five-day national conference of the CPI(M) will get underway. The Congress, the highest decision-making forum, will deliberate and pass as many as 25 resolutions besides electing new general secretary and party’s Central Committee, CPI(M) Politburo member B V Raghavulu told reporters at Hyderabad on Sunday.

The new general secretary and the central committee will be elected on the last day on the basis of the discussions held in the conference.

CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy and leaders of other Left parties would also attend the conference. In all 846 delegates from across the country, including over 70 observers are expected to attend the conference.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury will deliver the inaugural address on April 18. The 22nd national congress of the party will conclude with a public meeting on April 22, he said.

The senior politician said that the ultimate objective of the Left parties was to dethrone BJP, but ruled out alliance with Congress party in future.

At a time when the party is going through turbulent times due to the rift within the central leadership over an alliance with the Congress, the party issued a clarion call to mobilise all secular and democratic forces in the country to defeat the BJP government at the Centre.

The Party Congress is being keenly watched for a probable split in the top leadership. General secretary Sitaram Yechury backed by the West Bengal faction has been pitching for an understanding with secular democratic forces including the Congress party.

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