Audio story | Why did the Communists suffer?

Audio story | Why did the Communists suffer?
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 21 PM IST

Updated: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 21 PM IST
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.
Following the delimitation exercise, the political masters of the CPM in Kerala thought that Kannur, the home town of state party chief Pinarayi Vijayan, has become a formidable party bastion. Vijayan, who insisted on fielding one of his lieutenants K.K. Ragesh from this seat, superseding many other senior
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.
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 07 21 PM IST
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