Patna: With a view to strengthen the party organization, newly elected CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy on Saturday said he would try to implement and follow decisions taken at the 21st congress of the party and work under the guidance of his predecessor AB Bardhan.

Earlier Reddy on Saturday was elected unopposed to the party general secretary in place of AB Bardhan who was held the post since 1997. Presently, he is deputy general secretary of the CPI. 

Reddy said he would accord top priority to strengthening the party in the Hindi belt and launch movements for social security.

"There is need of creating awareness among the people in Hindi belts about caste and religious problems and CPI will at its level work for finding ideological and political solutions," Reddy said.

The 21st Congress of the CPI has called for introduction of Universal Rationing System (URS) in the country and to allow states to fix BPL and APL categories.

Describing Bardhan as a "great leader of great stature", he told reporters, "I will follow the guidelines laid down by Bardhan and other party leaders."

Bardhan said he was still a member of the party central secretariat and would continue to work actively for unity among Left parties.

"Bringing together the Left parties is a mission for me," Bardhan said, adding he would work for joint movements in future.

Bardhan had succeeded Indrajit Gupta to become CPI general secretary in 1996.

(JPN/Agencies)