Visakhapatnam: Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury (62), was elected the General Secretary of the central committee of the CPI(M) at the 21st party congress taking over the reins from veteran leader Prakash Karat. He is RS MP from West Bengal. He was elected as the fifth General Secretary of the party.
His name was proposed by outgoing General Secretary Prakash Karat and veteran leader S Ramachandran Pillai. It is to be noted that Pillai was in the run for the post along with Sitaram Yechury.
The official announcement was made at the conclusion of the six day party congress. Karat was the General Secretary for three terms.
A 91 member central committee was elected by the CPI(M) at its 21st party congress. Apart from the 91 members the committee also has five special invitees and five permanent invitees. Also 16 member politburo was introduced with four new faces in it. Veteran Party leader and MP Mohammad Salim, Subhasini Ali, former MP Hannan Mollah and G Ramakrishnan formed the new entrants to the politburo.
Former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and party leader Nirupam Sen were dropped from the Politburo due to health issues. Bhattacharya has been inducted into the Central Committee as a permanent invitee. Also former Kerala CM and founding member of the CPI(M) V S Achuthanandan, 91 has also been made a permanent invitee to the central committee.
Yechury received the support of the West Bengal unit of the party which he represents in the Rajya Sabha whereas Pillai received the support of the Kerala unit. His name was proposed after Pillai decided to withdraw his name from the race to the top post.