CPM State Secretariat assesses massive loss of CPM votes in Thrikkakara byelection

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Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM State Secretariat has come out with with an assessment of the massive loss of CPM votes in the Thrikkakara byelection. It said that there was a leak of 5000 expected votes and there was only an increase of 2,800 votes. LDF’s disappointment in the byelection even after leading a massive campaign headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has caused quite a stir within the party. Allegations were raised in the secretariat that there were falls in the campaigning staged by the left front.

Another criticism raised is that naming Jo Joseph as the candidate unexpectedly and holding the press meeting at Lisie hospital to announce the candidate fuelled the notion that he was a candidate of the ‘church’. CPM State Secretariat assessed that LDF should have just treated it as a Congress ‘fort’ and that it did not have to hold CM-led rampant campaigning for 10 days.

The false idea that using professionals as candidates like Aam Aadmi and Twenty20 parties also did not help nudge things to fit LDF’s plan. K-Rail, that was a major point during initial phase, soon evaporated from the rest of the campaign. The leadership has not yet admitted the fact that people actually voted against the party as an opposition to SilverLine project as its main station passes through Thrikkakara.

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