Spilling the beans, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien on Thursday revealed details of CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s next project. Making the farewell speech for Yechury, Derek said that the CPM leader is writing a book for an American publisher. He also revealed that the book is titled as “The Left is always right”. On a lighter note, Derek also told Parliamentarians that his daughter finds a resemblance between him and Yechury ever since the former stopped colouring his hairs. Yechury, who didn’t seek another term for Rajya Sabha, citing CPI(M) constitution, retired on Thursday. Indian Express reported that some leaders made it a point that if the country’s Constitution can be amended, why could not the Left party change its rules to pave the way for another term for Yechury in Rajya Sabha.
Meanwhile, Yechury emphasized on the need for protecting the pluralistic fabric of the country, saying it can never remain together if uniformity is imposed on diversity. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also lauded Yechury as a veteran in politics and said that the latter rose the level of debate on many occasions. In a lighter vein, Jaitley said that Yechury’s views as “idealistic but unimplementable” ideas. “Hope this vacuum in his life will be corrected and those idealistic suggestions will become pragmatic,” Jaitley said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, termed Yechury’s departure as a loss. “Every era has some leaders who are bigger than the party… Sitaram was one of those leaders, who are leaders of this country, and future generations will count him as one of them,” Azad was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.