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D Raja to take over as CPI general secretary replacing Sudhakar Reddy

The change in leadership comes after the party's worst-ever performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

D Raja, CPI leader
File Photo: D Raja, CPI leader

Rajya Sabha MP D Raja will take over as the general secretary of the Communist Parry of India (CPI) after incumbent S Sudhakar Reddy resigned on health grounds, party sources said Saturday.

The change in leadership comes after the party's worst-ever performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the Council -- the party's top decision-making body -- which began Friday.

Raja's name was proposed unanimously by the secretariat, which met on Thursday and Friday ahead of the Council meeting, sources said.

The proposal has to be discussed and ratified at the National Council meeting. The party sources said it was merely a formality.

Seventy-year-old Raja is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu.

Reddy had taken over as the general secretary in 2012 and is currently serving his third term. He is bowing out two years ahead of completion of his current three-year term.     

First Published: Sat, July 20 2019. 15:10 IST
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