Rift in CPI stalls generational change

Former JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar found a place in the National Council as a fresh face. PTI File Photo

Calls for generational change in the CPI hit a roadblock in its Party Congress that concluded in Kerala amidst serious differences among leaders.

Despite the central leadership facing criticism from delegates, S Sudhakar Reddy (76) was chosen as General Secretary for a third term at the conclusion of the 23rd Party Congress in Kollam on Sunday following divisions among leaders.

The division was so huge that the leadership could not suggest a name for the post of Deputy General Secretary and left it to be filled at a later stage.

After Gurudas Dasgupta, who was Deputy General Secretary, opted out due to ill- health, the leaders could not arrive at a consensus.

At one point of time, it was speculated that National Secretary D Raja could succeed Reddy in case he stepped down or else he could become the Deputy General Secretary. Raja also had competition from senior leaders Amarjeet Kaur and Atul Kumar Anjan.

A section in the party was of the view that elevating Raja could have sent a signal in the current times as he is a Dalit. Kaur has been a vocal voice in the party organisation and struggles, while Anjan is considered a leader with clout in the party.

Kanhaiya appointed

However, the Kerala unit, the strongest unit of the party, was not in favour of Raja and in various meetings in the Party Congress demanded that Reddy should continue after he indicated his willingness.

Though there was no change at the top, former JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar found a place in the National Council as a fresh face.

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