Across the nation, and even in traditional strongholds like Kerala and West Bengal, the Left parties suffered setbacks in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. None, perhaps, more symbolic than Kannur, in Kerala.
contendors in the party, was in for a rude shock. Ragesh lost by huge margin to Congress veteran K. Sudhakaran in one of the most humiliating defeats for the CPM in Kerala in recent times. A.P. Abdullakkutty, the CPM MP from the seat had recently joined the Congress and threw his weight behind Congress. Finally, the CPM is battered in its den.