Thiruvananthapuram: The ongoing CPM central committee meeting in New Delhi is learnt to have expressed dissatisfaction over the reasons listed out by the party Kerala unit for the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha election.
The central committee rejected the state committee report that communal polarization piloted by Congress-led UDF and the loss of traditional Ezhava votes worked against LDF’s prospects.
The state leadership’s another claim that people in the state were carried away by the campaign that Congress was in a better position to fight BJP on the national level, prompting them to align with UDF, was also not received well by the CC.
The CPM politburo had described the party’s performance in the LS poll in Kerala as disappointing. The CC observed that the reasons cited by the state leadership for the election drubbing did prove that the party did not approach the election from a class-based Marxian perspective. The report presented by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the non-disbursal of social security pensions and welfare measures for the poor in Kerala had significantly contributed to the CPM’s drubbing in Kerala.
The CC also rejected the reasons pointed out by the party West Bengal and Tripura units for the drubbing the CPM faced in those states, which were known as the CPM bastions till a few years ago.
The CC meeting wanted all state units, especially Kerala, to indulge in serious introspection to ascertain the real reasons for the party losing the trust of a large section of voters. The CC members expressed serious concerns over the BJP’s growing acceptance among voters in Kerala in general and the victory of the BJP candidate in Thrissur in particular.
The CPM state committee had decided to help state govt in prioritizing the govt activities in view of the upcoming local body elections.
The CC is likely to ask the state committee to implement such plans to regain the party’s support base in Kerala.

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