Sahra Wagenknecht has been criticized within the party for her new book.
On Saturday she was nominated as the top candidate of the NRW Left for the Bundestag.
Berlin - Within the party, left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht is currently under criticism.
The reason for this is her new book "The Self-Righteous".
Nevertheless, Wagenknecht was nominated again on Saturday as the top candidate of the NRW Left for the Bundestag.
In a vote for first place in Essen, she received 127 votes (61 percent).
The meeting leadership announced on Saturday.
Wagenknecht surprisingly had two opposing candidates.
Only Angela Bankert, an administrator from Cologne, was known beforehand.
She received 58 votes.
The Münster climate activist Hannah Harhues received 12 votes.
She sharply criticized Wagenknecht for some passages in the book.
Wagenknecht is the top candidate of the NRW left - criticism because of a new book
Bundestag parliamentary group leader Amira Muhamed Ali appealed to the participants at the beginning not to lose sight of what the online assembly meeting was about.
"We are facing a very acute federal election campaign." It is important to convince voters with arguments and concepts.
"But if we instead put internal conflicts first, then it becomes difficult for us," she said.
“Let's not forget how much we all have in common.
Let's not forget where the political opponent stands, ”warned Muhamed Ali.
"We are all clearly against fascism and any form of racism," she emphasized.
"And to be honest, I find it almost unbearable when we discuss this with each other or even raise doubts about it." Yes, you have to talk and discuss.
The last few days had aroused some need for her too, she admitted.
Sahra Wagenknecht's book “The Self-Righteous” - Leftists demand renunciation of Bundestag candidacy
The book will not appear until next Wednesday (April 14, 2021), but several excerpts from it have already been distributed.
Precisely because of these excerpts, several party executive members of the Left demanded that their former parliamentary group leader Sahra Wagenknecht waived a Bundestag candidacy before the meeting in Essen.
This was reported by
Critics are already seeing Sahra Wagenknecht's book as a general settlement with their own party.
The Bavarian politician Johannes König accused her in the
deliberately denigrating movements such as Indivisible, Black Lives Matter or Fridays for Future with her new book.
Your book is "a declaration of war on hundreds of thousands of young people who vote for us and campaign for climate protection and anti-racism," said Left MP Niema Movassat the news magazine.
Wagenknecht himself rejected the criticism of her book.
“Well, I really don't have a thin skin, but that made me speechless at times.
So if I have to read there that I represent right-wing or maybe even racist views - I wonder if some even know what they are writing, ”said Wagenknecht.
(dpa / at / aka)