New Delhi, Jan 22: Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury reportedly offered to resign from his party after the party rejected his proposal for an alliance with Congress. On Sunday, the CPI(M) Central Committee (CC) approved the ‘no alliance, no understanding with the Congress’ line advocated by Sitaram Yechury’s predecessor Prakash Karat. Also Read - Delhi Riots: Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav And Jayati Ghosh Not Arraigned as Accused in Chargesheet, Clarifies Police
Following his virtual defeat, Sitaram Yechury offered to resign but was asked to continue by the Central Committee (CC), the CPM’s highest decision-making body, said an Indian Express report. “I am here as the general secretary of the CPI(M) as the politburo and the central committee say that I should be the general secretary of the CPI(M), so this answers your question,” Yechury said when asked whether he would resign. Also Read - Northeast Delhi Riots: Sitaram Yechury, Yogendra Yadav's Names in Chargesheet
Sitaram Yechury’s draft proposed a political understanding with what it called “all secular Left and democratic forces” including the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to take on the BJP. The draft favoured a UPA-1 like alliance when CPI(M) had extended external support to a Congress-led government at the centre. CPI(M)’s West Bengal unit and a large section of the Tripura unit supported Yechuri’s draft. Also Read - West Bengal: Veteran CPI(M) Leader Shyamal Chakraborty, COVID-19 Positive, Passes Away at 76
However, the CPI(M) Central Committee voted in favour of Prakash Karat’s draft, which proposed no truck, “direct or indirect” with the Congress. Karat’s proposal won 55 to 31 thanks to the powerful Kerala unit of the party, which supported it. Both drafts said that the BJP and its ideological mentor the RSS “are the biggest threat the country is facing at present” and need to be defeated.
Party insiders said the Central Committee resolution marked yet another victory of former party General Secretary Prakash Karat and his loyalists, who are strongly opposed to any truck with the Congress because of its “fondness for neo-liberal and pro-capitalist policies”. The Karat and Yechury groups have been slogging it out in various party fora on the need for getting closer to the Congress.
(With IANS inputs)