CPM to analyse huge electoral setback in crucial party meet next month

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Updated: May 25, 2019 11:35:05 PM

Communist Party of India (Marxist): The party which has seen steady loss of its Lok Sabha members, from 59 in 2004 to just 3 in 2019, will discuss the reasons in crucial party meet next month.

CPM, CPIM, Lok Sabha Election, Politburo, BJP, NDACPM leaders: Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat.

Election 2019 Results: India’s leading communist party will conduct a detailed analysis of massive electoral loss suffered by the party in recently concluded Lok Sabha elections early next month, said a former member of parliament while conceding that the public has delivered a decisive mandate in favour of the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Communist Party of India (CPI-M), the bigger bloc among the two leading communist parties in the country, has suffered a massive electoral loss in 2019 Lok Sabha election as it failed to open its account in West Bengal, the state it ruled for thirty years before it was voted out in 2011 by Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress (TMC).

CPM, which had won 59 Lok Sabha seats in 2004 general elections, has seen steady erosion of its support base in the last 15 years. The party’s seat tally in 2009 Lok Sabha election was reduced to just 29, a loss of 30 seats.

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The party suffered yet another electoral set back five years later in 2014 as it seat tally were reduced to single digits. The CPM could win only 9 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections when an unprecedented wave in favor of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi dealt a huge below to other parties including CPM.

In this Lok Sabha election, the party came down to just three Lok Sabha seats, two in Tamil Nadu and one in neighbouring Kerala where it rules the state government.

“It’s a decisive mandate in favour of BJP and NDA and we respect that,” said the former member of Parliament.

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Talking about the opposition’s inability to stop the BJP’s juggernaut, the leader said that the opposition parties failed to capitalise on the issues like rural distress, slowdown in the economy and jobless growth that could have hurt the BJP’s electoral fortunes.

“They fought the election on their divisive agenda like Hindutva and Nationalism and as a party it’s our failure to combat their agenda,” the leader told Financial Express Online on the condition of anonymity as his party was about to begin the process of analysing the election results which will be discussed in crucial central committee meeting of the party early next month.

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