CPI(M)’s Bengal unit writes to politburo demanding Yechury in RS
Congress has already expressed support for Sitaram Yechury’s candidature.kolkata Updated: Jun 01, 2017 15:28 IST
West Bengal state committee of CPI(M) on Thursday formally adopted a resolution demanding party general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, be nominated to Rajya Sabha from West Bengal for the third time.
Party state secretary Suryakanta Mishra shot off a letter to the politburo informing the 16-member body of the decision.
“Yechury’s performance as a parliamentarian received accolades not just from the Left parties but from several non-NDA parties, especially Congress, the leaders of which are keen to see Yechury in the upper house for the third term. Our state secretary has argued that the central leadership of the party should clear his nomination,” said a member of the state committee.
He also pointed out that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi are keen on having Yechury in the Rajya Sabha. “With assured Congress support and with 31 Left Front MLAs in the kitty, our general secretary’s entry to Rajya Sabha for the third time is assured if our central leaders don’t hold him back,” the state committee member added.
The Left needs Congress support to get Yechury elected to the Rajya Sabha.
However, the party central committee, where the Kerala lobby is thought to wield big influence, may not be open to the idea of sending Yechury for the third time.
Incidentally, Yechury was the first general secretary to represent the party in Parliament after being elected as the party chief.
After rumblings within the party grew over his candidature, Yechury himself indicated in end-April that he is not willing to seek re-election to Rajya Sabha.