New Delhi: The continuous poor showing of the party in its stronghold Bihar and West Bengal forced the Communist Party of India to change the guard of the party organization. During the 21st party congress held at Patna, S Sudhakar Reddy replaced AB Bardhan who was the party general secretary since 1997. 

S Sudhakar Reddy, a mass leader, won 12th and 14th Lok Sabha elections from Nalgonda seat in Andhra Pradesh. He was the Chairman of Standing Committee on Labour during the 14th Lok Sabha.  

Before assuming the post of CPI general secretary, Reddy was holding the post of deputy general secretary of the party. 

Outgoing general secretary AB Bardhan, veteran MP Gurudas Gupta, Rajya Sabha MP D Raja, Amarjit Kaur, Atul Anjan, Shamim Faizi, Pannian Raveendran and Ramendra Kumar have been elected as members of central secretariat of the party.

The party’s drubbing continued in the recently concluded assembly polls in the five states. The party failed to open its account in the politically important Uttar Pradesh. The CPI which was in power in Manipur in alliance with the Congress failed to win even a single seat in the state. In 2007 Manipur assembly polls, the party had won four seats.

Amar Kumar Sharma