CPM Central Committee Criticizes Kerala Unit’s LS-Poll Review

The Kerala CPM faced criticism at the party's central committee (CC) meeting in Delhi on Friday.
CPM Central Committee Criticizes Kerala Unit’s LS-Poll Review

The Kerala CPM faced criticism at the party's central committee (CC) meeting in Delhi on Friday. The CC dismissed the state leadership’s review that blamed caste and religious organizations for the Lok Sabha election defeat. The state committee had cited the SNDP leadership and groups like Jamaat-e-Islami and SDPI as key factors in their electoral loss. However, the CC called for a deeper analysis to fully understand the reasons behind the party’s poor performance in the general elections.

The politburo report described the Lok Sabha poll outcome as disappointing, emphasizing the need for introspection and necessary corrections. Despite the poor results, there were no demands for a leadership change at the central meeting. The state committee’s claim that national-level alliances caused voter confusion was also rejected by the CC.

Concerns raised at state and district committee levels were echoed in the central committee meeting, with a significant focus on the erosion of the Left’s mass base. The leadership came under heavy criticism for failing to implement decisions made during earlier party meetings.

Following the state committee’s recommendations, the CC is likely to suggest that the party prioritize initiatives for the LDF government. The central leadership found the CPM’s poor performance in Kerala surprising, given their expectations of securing at least six seats for the Left front. The West Bengal unit’s continued struggle to regain public trust was also noted.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s report pointed to the Left government’s role in the poll defeat, highlighting the failure to distribute welfare measures, such as pensions, as a significant factor. This lack of welfare distribution had a major impact on voter sentiment, according to the report.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the district leadership has started assessing the BJP's growth in the area. A district secretariat meeting on Friday examined the increased BJP vote percentage in the Thiruvananthapuram and Attingal constituencies. Detailed discussions on this issue will be conducted by the district committee to understand the shift in voter dynamics.

Overall, the CPM central committee's feedback indicates a pressing need for the Kerala unit to conduct a thorough and introspective review of their strategies and voter engagement to address the party’s declining influence and electoral setbacks.

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