On Tuesday, Prakash Karat, CPM general secretary said that he would be replaced at the party’s 21st congress to be held at Visakhapatnam in April. He said “The general secretary will change because our constitution provides for only three terms for a secretary at any level.”
Many of state secretaries who completed three terms had been replaced at state conferences he said. He added “When the (new) central committee is elected, there will be a new general secretary. Who it will be is up to the new central committee and the party congress.”
At HMT Colony he also launched the party’s “Intintiki CPM (CPM at every house)” programme. When asked about CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy’s suggestion regarding the merger of Communist parties, Mr Karat said the matter was not on the agenda at the Hyderabad conference. On the second meeting adopted a draft review report on the political tactical line. Then the next meeting will be conducted at Visakhapatnam.
The CPM alleged that with the BJP coming to power at the Centre, the stage was set for a “right-wing offensive comprising an aggressive pursuit of neo-liberal policy and a full-scale attempt by the RSS-led Hindutva forces to advance communal agenda.” Mr Karat asked AP CM N. Chandrababu Naidu not to establish the capital in prime agricultural lands following protests from farmers.
On January, 24Mr Karat said the party along with other Left parties would stage countrywide protests against the visit of US President Barak Obama to India.