NEW DELHI :
Days after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM saw its worst electoral performance in Lok Sabha elections, the polit buro of the party met to discuss the parties performance. The central committee, the highest decision making body of the party will meet on 7 June to draw measures to strengthen the organisation.
In the 2019 general elections, the CPM managed to win just three seats--two in Tamil Nadu and one in Kerala. To make matters worse, the party failed to win a single seat in West Bengal and Tripura which have traditionally been strongholds of the party.
“The Polit Bureau discussed some of the issues that led to this erosion. The Central Committee meeting from June 7 to 9, 2019 will discuss and adopt a report, based on reports from the states, to draw proper lessons on the basis of a serious introspection on the experiences of these elections," the polit buro said in a statement.
The CPM, the largest party of the Left Front has seen a drastic decline in their electoral representation. The party is now in power only in the state of Kerala, where they lost most of the Lok Sabha seats to Congress.
The polit buro, in its two day meeting, which ended on Monday, while acknowledging a big erosion in their strongholds also pointed to the conduct of elections including incidents of violence.
“The State Committees in our stronger states will meet and self-critically evaluate the Party’s performance before the Central Committee meeting and, on the basis of this, the Central Committee shall draw up the necessary corrective measures in order to strengthen the CPM’s independent strength and its capacities of political intervention through popular struggles," the statement added.