The State Committee of the CPI(M) elected G. Ramakrishnan as the party’s new State Secretary on Sunday.
A press release from the party said Mr. Varadarajan, current State Secretary, had requested the State committee to relieve him as he was unable to function effectively due to old age and health conditions.
The three day meeting of the State committee held in Chennai on February 12, 13 and 14, accepted Varadarajan’s request and unanimously elected Mr. Ramakrishnan as the new secretary.
Mr. Ramakrishnan (60), a native of Villupuram district, is a member of the party’s central committee and State Secretariat.
A lawyer by training, Mr. Ramakrishnan joined the party in 1969, actively working for the Students Federation of India (SFI). He practised for eight years as a lawyer in Cuddalore before becoming a full-time party member in 1981. He has been active in its various organisations including the DYFI and CITU.
He was elected to the State Secretariat in 1989 and to the Central Committee in 2008 at the all India Conference held at Coimbatore.
The State Secretary is usually elected at the State conference of the party. The Conference, scheduled for early next year was postponed following the Central Committee’s decision to hold the 20th Congress of the Party after the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Kerala due in May 2011. The schedule of the Party conferences will begin thereafter.
With the elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly and Local bodies expected to be held in late 2011, the State leadership had indicated the State conference could be postponed to 2012.