Sabarimala issue was a factor behind poll debacle: CPI report
Thiruvananthapuram: CPI has stated that the Sabarimala issue has been a factor behind the debacle faced by LDF in the Lok Sabha polls.
The report presented at CPI the state executive assessed that anti-government emotion reflected in the Lok Sabha election. CPI evaluated that the anti-Modi feeling caused consolidation of minority votes and it resulted in the LDF's failure.
The government's actions over the Sabarimala issue caused disagreement among elite Hindu communities. This turned into an anti-government emotion and led to the poll debacle. The influence of Sabarimala issue was underrated by the LDF during the election period. Also the Left front failed to resist the protests at the right time, the report said.
Consolidation of minority votes was another major reason for the debacle. The minorities were afraid of Modi government coming into power for a second term. The Congress intensified the campaign suggesting Rahul Gandhi as an alternative for Modi. With this, the minority votes were cast in favour of the Congress, the report said.
The CPM had not admitted that the Sabarimala issue caused the setback in the election. It is in this context that the CPI has published its report. The executive has decided to discuss the failure in the four constituencies where CPI had contested.
CPI believe that despite the UDF wave, they performed well in comparison with nearby constituencies.