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Sitaram Yechury succeeds Karat

After days of speculation and in a nail biting finish rare for the CPI(M), politburo member Sitaram Yechury was on Sunday elected the new general secretary of the party on the last day of the party congress.Consensus emerged on Yechury after the other frontrunner S Ramachandran Pillai withdrew from the race.Sources say outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat advised Pillai to do so after Yechury’s supporters in the central committee insisted on a vote. Sources say numbers were in Yechury’s favour.
The party has never had an election for the post ofgeneral secretary who has always been picked through consensus. The party constitution, however, does provide for a secret ballot in case of voting.Uncertainty lingered during the ongoing 21st party congress with both Yechury and Pillai refusing to rule themselves out overtly till the very end.

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