Young Indians does not see CPM as an attractive political option

published on April 2, 2008

Kerala dropout rate troubles CPM


COIMBATORE: The CPM may be revelling
in self-praise over its clout at the Centre, but all is not well in its
backyard, Kerala.

In Kerala, where the party won 13 of the 14 seats
it contested in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the dropout rate from the party’s
membership is 10.5%, which is 3% higher than the national average of 7.5%.

Not just that. It has only 12% of women wholetimers across the
country. For a party which has been claiming to be in the forefront of struggle
for 33% reservation for women in Parliament and legislatures, the CPM has a lot
of introspection to do. What must be even more worrying for the party is that
only 17% of its members are below 30 years. This statistics shows that the young
Indian does not see CPM as an attractive political option.

dropout rate in West Bengal, where the Left Front has ruled for four decades is
3.5%. In Tamil Nadu, there is 16.5% dropout from the party every year. The
political organisational report confesses that there is a problem of getting
wholetimers in the party.

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