The Kerala unit, considered a closer to former general secretary Prakash Karat, pointed to party norms that bar a member from being elected to the Upper House for the third time.
The CPI (M) politburo had already rejected the possibility. It was argued that the party shouldn’t get its chief elected to Rajya Sabha with the help of Congress, which is its principal rival in Kerala. Taking support from the Congress also went against the party’s political-tactical line, the Kerala unit had argued.
But the Bengal unit had insisted that in the current political scenario, when the party has its back to the wall, Yechury’s presence in Parliament would help CPI (M) to continue punch above its weight and might even spur its revival.
Yechury had said he does not want to flout party norms but the Bengal unit had insisted that the issue be taken up at its Central Committee meeting.
Six Rajya Sabha members, including Yechury, are set to retire from Bengal by the end of the monsoon session. Given its strength in the Bengal assembly, Trinamool Congress is set to win five of the six seats.
The Left Front has 32 MLAs, including 26 of the CPI(M), in the West Bengal assembly, which is insufficient to send Yechury or any other Left leader to the Rajya Sabha again.
However, with the support of Congress' 44 MLAs, Yechury could have been re-elected. The Congress leadership, and its legislators in West Bengal, favoured supporting Yechury’s candidature. It is now likely that a Congress candidate, with the support of additional Trinamool Congress votes, could be elected.