All CPI(M) candidates failed in the five states.

via published on March 8, 2012

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat has come directly under fire within the party after the Left, led by the CPI(M), failed to win a single seat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Mr Karat has held direct charge of UP for more than two decades with the sole aim of reviving the party in the cowbelt, senior party leaders said. A section of the party is now blaming Mr Karat for repeated routs faced by the CPI(M), virtually putting the party’s political existence at stake.
A section within the CPI(M) is ruing the fact that the party did not join hands with the Samajwadi Party despite the realisation that an alliance with the SP would have helped its efforts to build up a “non-Congress, non-BJP’’ platform. Party leaders accused Mr Karat of another blunder by joining hands with BSP supremo Mayawati in 2009 to project a third front during the Lok Sabha polls which dashed all hopes of the party’s revival in the state. The CPI(M) fought 17 seats in UP, nine in Punjab, six in Uttarakhand and two each in Uttarakhand and Goa. All candidates have lost wiping out the CPI(M)’s presence in the political scenario in the five states. Incidentally, CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat is in charge of Uttarakhand.
The forthcoming party central committee meet and the party congress in April will discuss the leadership and organisational failures of the party.
What is more worrying for the party is the fact that its assessment of the outcome of the Assembly polls in five states has also gone completely wrong, indicating that the party state units have lost touch with the ground reality.

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