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Left parties concede defeat, bastion crumbles

Left parties concede defeat, bastion crumbles
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 02 41 PM IST
Updated: Sat, May 16 2009. 02 41 PM IST
New Delhi: Left parties on Saturday admitted defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and said it would seriously examine the reasons for their poor performance.
“CPM and Left Parties have suffered a major setback in this elections. This necessitates serious examination of the reasons for party’s poor performance,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters with the elections results showing Congress-led UPA set to retain power at the Centre.
The elections to the Lok Sabha have resulted to the victory for Congress and its allies and they will be in a position to form the government, he said in his first reaction.
The Congress parties and its allies have succeeded on the platform they have put forward in these elections, he said and added that the CPM Politburo would be meeting on 18 May to analyse the poll debacle.
CPM will continue its cooperation with non-congress and non-BJP parties and play the role of opposition with all those parties with which the party has been working with, he said.
Asked about the setback in Kerala and West Bengal, Karat said the party would be in a position to give a complete picture only after the Monday’s meeting.
Left bastion crumbles in Kerala, WB
Dramatic reversals suffered by the Left in the polls will result in their being confined to sidelines after they held centrestage in national politics in the past five years.
The Left bastion in West Bengal and Kerala crumbled and heavily dented by alliances led by the Congress after breathing fire against its estranged partner and forging unity with the regional parties under the banner of Third Front with their tally going down by more than half.
The four parties - CPM, CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc - had a total tally of 60 in the 2004 elections.
In Kerala where the CPM-led Left Democratic Front had got 19 of the 20 seats in 2004, got only four. A major factor, according to analysts, was the serious factional fight amongst top CPI(M) leaders - Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.
In West Bengal where the Left had fought Trinamool Congress on issues relating to industrialisation and land acquisition, the Mamata Banerjee-led party and Congress gave them a drubbing, bringing down the Left tally to its lowest level.
In their attack against the Congress-led UPA government, the Left parties had raised a major hue and cry over the Indo-US nuclear deal and later withdrew support with less than a year to go before ther UPA term came to an end.
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 02 41 PM IST
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