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Failure on many fronts: CPI(M)

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Pinarayi says mistakes will be corrected

Finds not much disenchantment with government


THIRUVANANTHPAURAM: Rather than taking cover under the oft-repeated argument that the massive defeat in the just-concluded local body elections was due to the coming together of caste and communal forces, the State CPI(M) has come out with the candid admission that a whole lot of things had gone wrong at different levels, making the local body polls one of the worst outings by the party and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the State.

Briefing reporters here on Wednesday about the election review carried out by the CPI(M) State committee over the last three days, party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan admitted that in no local body election had the party and the LDF suffered as severe a setback as this time. “There was a wave against the LDF in the Lok Sabha elections. Our effort was to cut through it, but we could not,” he said and added that this called for a detailed analysis at all levels of the party and within the ruling alliance.

Factors identified

Mr. Vijayan said the party State committee had identified a number of factors that had contributed to the defeat. For instance, despite the general cohesion within the ruling alliance, there were hiccups and disputes in certain places which were left unaddressed, resulting in the loss of the ward and, sometimes, even the local body concerned. Who contributed in which way to such disputes must be looked into by all those involved because the need of the hour was absolute unity, not disharmony. Similarly, how rebel candidates came on the scene in certain places must also be gone into as this was crucial for the unity within the party and the alliance and the credibility of the LDF.

After a point, party and LDF activists also became over-confident about the poll outcome and this affected the front's campaign effort adversely. Since this happened at a time when a section of the media had taken upon themselves the job of campaigning for the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), this proved a very costly mistake. Equally serious was the corruption in certain local bodies. The failure to intervene in such places to set matters right was a major weakness.

There was not much disenchantment with the government because it had done much for the welfare of the people. However, factors such as the poor condition of roads in certain parts of the State created a negative impression in the minds of the people, he said

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