The CPI(M) politburo on Wednesday decided not to give another term to party general secretary Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha – his current term ends in August, Indian Express has said. Yechury had earlier made it clear that he would not seek another term. The issue came up for discussion in the politburo meeting of the party after its West Bengal unit had sent a proposal to party leadership urging it to consider taking the support of the Congress to get another term for Yechury. However, the Kerala unit has strongly opposed the suggestion of taking Congress support, the report added. The party follows a two-term norm for members of the Upper House in the Parliament.
Sitaram Yechury, while addressing a press conference reiterated that he was not seeking third term as he did not want to violate party norms. “When that notification (for Rajya Sabha election) comes… at that time the appropriate decision will be taken by the party,” he was quoted as saying by the paper. The CPI(M) Bengal unit’s proposal had come after the Congress had expressed its willingness to back Yechury if the CPI(M) decided to field him. According to the report, the politburo members from Kerala had opposed the proposal saying it was against the party norm. It also added that the Congress is CPI(M)’s main rival parties in Kerala as well as Tripura.
Issue is likely to be discussed in the central committee meetinng if the Bengal unit continues to stick with the demand. However, it is still not clear whether the Rajya Sabha elections will be announced or held before July 23, when committee is expected to meet.
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The Left parties, with 33 MLAs in West Bengal do not have the required number to get Yechury re-elected to Rajya Sabha. On the other hand, the Trinamool Congress can get five of its members elected as also Congress, with 44 MLAs.