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Yechury rejects idea of projecting anyone as PM candidate now

Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury  

‘Elected members will decide’

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday rejected the idea of projecting anyone, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, as the Prime Minister of the country now, saying, “India is a Parliamentary democracy and not a Presidential form.”

Addressing journalists after meeting DMK president M.K. Stalin at the latter’s Alwarpet residence in Chennai, Mr. Yechury, in response to a specific question on projecting Mr. Gandhi as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate, said: “Our Constitution is Parliamentary democracy and only elected members of Parliament can elect the Prime Minister. Not you and me.”

The CPI(M) leader, who discussed with Mr. Stalin the need to create a secular front, said he firmly believed that the differences among various political parties would be ironed out. “More than the attitude of the leaders, it is people from the ground who will push all the leaders to come together to save India, and it will happen,” he said.

To a query whether the CPI(M) would be part of an alliance in which the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were members, he said alliances in India would take place at the State level first. “Then, on that basis, the national alliance will emerge. In Tamil Nadu, we have decided that we will be with the DMK-led front in the forthcoming elections,” he said.

Corrections & Clarifications: This article has been edited post publication

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