Monday, November 30, 2009

'No fixed term for CPM state secretary'

Monday,30 November 2009
Thiruvananthapuram: A senior leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) Sunday said the party's 'rectification document' prepared to reverse its electoral slides and strengthen cadre base does not limit the state units chief's term to three years.

T.Sivadasa Menon, a veteran CPM leader and party secretariat member, said no such decision has been taken.

"There is not a mention of such a thing in the document because such a decision just cannot be taken by the central committee of the party. It can be done only through an amendment at the party congress," said Menon at a meeting organised by the party mouthpiece Deshabhimani.

Reports of this surfaced soon after the party top brass met in Delhi in October and gave the nod for initiating a "rectification campaign" to overcome shortcomings within its ranks.

Speculations soon began that a cap on number of terms for state party secretary was put to take out Pinarayi Vijayan, who has been the CPM Kerala secretary since 1998.

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