Yechury under fire in Kerala CPI-M meeting

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 3 (IANS) Two CPI-M leaders in Kerala on Thursday criticized party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for keeping silent after the West Bengal unit agreed to back him to get re-elected to the Rajya Sabha.

The two leaders, including a member of the Kerala assembly, targeted Yechury at a two-day meeting of the party’s state committee that will end on Friday.

Communist Party of India-Marxist rules do not allow anyone to get three terms to the Rajya Sabha.

The issue came up when the Central Committee decision not to field Yechury a third time was reported to the meeting by politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai.

Those who spoke expressed their displeasure the way the West Bengal unit put pressure on the party leadership to ensure that Yechury got nominated in the Rajya Sabha election.

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The critics said they did not expect Yechury to remain silent fully knowing that taking support from the Congress in West Bengal to ensure his victory would have been bad politics.



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