CPM loosens Karat-grip


Hyderabad: CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Tuesday said that he would be replaced at the party’s 21st congress to be held at Visakhapatnam in April.

“The general secretary will change because our constitution provides for only three terms for a secretary at any level,” he said.

Karat said that many of the state secretaries who completed three terms had been replaced at state conferences.

“When the central committee is elected, there will be a new general secretary. Who it will be is up to the new central committee and the party congress,”Karat said.

The names of Mr B.V. Raghavulu, Sitaram Yechury and S.R. Pillai were doing the rounds as the possible successor to Mr Karat; however, Mr Raghavulu has reportedly opted out. Mr Karat dismissed reports of differences within the party.

When asked about CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy’s suggestion regarding the merger of Communist parties, Mr Karat said the matter was not on the agenda at the Hyderabad conference. He, however, favored a broad unity among Left parties on people’s issues.