Move to nominate Brinda to RS from Tripura forms dissidence in CPI-M

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015,19:01 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Agartala | The discussion on nomination of CPI-M politburo member and MP Brinda Karat to Rajya Sabha for next term from Tripura has led to dissidence in the party, with a powerful section of comrades opposing the move.
A faction of the politburo is contemplating to nominate senior leader Brinda Karat to the upper house for her next tenure, CPI(M) sources confirmed here today.
A senior leader said the party does not have any chance to elect Ms Karat from Kerala or West Bengal.
Tripura is the only safe place for her to get elected. Moreover, Karat lobby in the party is discussing to nominate her from Tripura, which has not yet been finalised.
The six-year tenure of the state’s incumbent Rajya Sabha member Jharna Das Baidya is scheduled to end in the first part of April next.
Party’s state secretary Bijan Dhar however, said that no decision on successor of incumbent Rajya Sabha member has been taken and added, the CPI-M leadership, in consultation with the party central committee and politburo, will decide the candidate by the end of the year.
Mr Karat had earlier gone to Rajya Sabha from West Bengal but the debacle suffered by the CPI (M) in that state in assembly polls in 2011 precluded her nomination to Rajya Sabha as senior leader and incumbent party general secretary Sitaram Yechury had to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.
It is easy from Tripura because the Left Front government here has 50 seats in the 60 member assembly and the party needs a vocal and voluble leader with national stature in the Rajya Sabha, another leader said.
Meanwhile, the move of Karat’s nomination from Tripura has not been accepted by a large group of CPI-M men who do not like Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. They argued that Tripura has more talented, dedicated and committed leaders than Mrs Karat.
Fluency in English and Hindi can’t be the criteria to nominate a person to Parliament. Moreover, Brinda’s nomination from Tripura will certainly disappoint many such promising talents of the party in the state, a leader opined.
He further stated that Tripura has not yet been able to make its footprint in national politics. None of the party did give a chance to Tripura domiciles to show their performance in national platform. Tripura was always represented by outside people who are not accepted in their home state.
We shall oppose the move at the discussion level itself. We don’t want to be dominated and guided by so called political legend who always prefer to undermine our talents in the mainland, the leader added.

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