D. Raja is new CPI general secretary

Rajya Sabha MP D. Raja was appointed as the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday.

The veteran leader, who replaced S. Sudhakar Reddy, said the party's fight against 'retrograde' forces would continue.

Raja was unanimously chosen as Reddy's successor at a three-day meeting of the CPI National Council, the top decision-making body of the party, earlier this week.

The change in leadership comes after the party's worst-ever performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.