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Bengal CPI (M) wants Yechury again in Rajya Sabha, looks for Congress support

Sitaram Yechury was also the first general secretary to represent the party in Parliament after being elected as the party chief.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 00:48 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
The Rajya Sabha term of CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury ends in August.
The Rajya Sabha term of CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury ends in August.(PTI Photo)

The CPI(M)’s West Bengal unit wants to send party general secretary Sitaram Yechury once again to Rajya Sabha after his second term ends in August.

The CPI(M), which doesn’t have enough strength to ensure its candidate’s victory in the biennial polls, is also looking at a possible pact with the Congress for this purpose.

The all-powerful Central Committee, however, has so far not given its nod to the proposal.

Six seats will fall vacant in August from West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is set to sweep five seats and unless the Congress and the CPI(M) tied up, the sixth seat may also go in Banerjee’s kitty.

Yechury will complete his second term—and the CPI(M) doesn’t usually give nomination to its MPs for more than two terms.

“This is an exceptional situation,” said a senior politburo member from West Bengal, “Yechury is the most effective speaker to represent West Bengal in the state. He should stay there (in Rajya Sabha).”

Yechury was also the first general secretary to represent the party in Parliament after being elected as the party chief.

The state lobby also wants a pact with the Congress as seven civic body polls are coming up next month followed by panchayat elections.