THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the two-day CPM politburo set to begin in New Delhi on Tuesday, all eyes are on the Kerala CPM. In the wake of party West Bengal unit pitching for a third Rajya Sabha term for general secretary Sitaram Yechury, the Kerala unit’s stand will be crucial.
Another term for Sitaram Yechury has been a contentious issue within the party as the central leadership had earlier rejected the same. Now with the West Bengal unit raising it again, the politburo will be forced to take a final call on the same.
As per the norms, one cannot be given more than two terms. However considering his performance in the House, most of the Opposition parties, including Congress, want Yechury to have another term.
Whether the party will be ready to exempt its own general secretary is a major question that needs to be answered. A section of leaders led by Prakash Karat is not in favour of Yechury being given another term. The Kerala CPM’s stand will be crucial in this backdrop.