Only 3 MPs to represent CPM in Lok Sabha
New Delhi: When the Lok Sabha election results come out on Thursday, CPM faced a major setback in most of the states where they had stronghold. In this election, CPM won only three seats among the 60 seats from where they have contested. CPM collapsed like a pack of cards in Bengal and Tripura without winning a single seat.
However, the party was successful in Alappuzha in Kerala and Madurai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is for the first time after Independence, CPM got such a least number of seats in Lok Sabha.
In 2014, CPM had 9 MPs including 2 from Bengal, 5 from Kerala and 2 from Tripura. Another two seats were also won as two independent candidates supported by CPM won the elections.
Once, CPM-led LDF had won over 35 seats in Bengal out of 42 seats. In 1971, 25 CPM candidates from Bengal and Kerala won the elections. In the 7th Lok Sabha elections, the party won 37 seats.
In 2004 elections, 43 candidates of CPM made their way to the parliament by winning the elections by contesting in 69 seats.
It was after 1989 that the party improved the vote share in the elections during 1990 and 2004 elections. In 2014, the vote share rose by 3.24 percent.
According to political thinkers, the sympathy wave towards Congress following the assassination of Indira Gandhi affected CPM in Kerala after 1984. During the elections in 1977, CPM only won a single seat. But later in the elections in 2004, CPM won 12 seats and LDF won 18 seats.