Civic polls setback huge, corrective steps on: CPI(M)

Though the LDF had suffered setbacks in the urban areas, this was for the first time it faced reverses in rural areas.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 22:51 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Admitting that the setback
suffered by the ruling LDF in civic polls was unprecedented
in scale, the CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the party would set in motion a process to overcome the weaknesses and regain the lost ground before the assembly polls due in May next.

Holding that it was not the performance of the
V S Achuthanandan Government responsible for the huge loss,
he said the party had identified issues like open spport of a
section of media to the Congress-led UDF, overconfidence of
workers and alienation of civic functionaries from people in
certain cases as the key factors that contributed to the
defeat.

" This would not mean that the LDF has collapased. The gap
between the LDF and the UDF is narrow in vote percentage as
well as the number of votes secured. We will analyse the
details from all levels and take corrective measures to
overcome the shortcomings," Vijayan told a press meet after a
three-day meet of the party`s state committee called to
anlayse the poll results.

Though the LDF had suffered setbacks in the urban areas, this
was for the first time it faced reverses in rural areas.

A section of media, especially the television channels, had
openly campaigned for the UDF, seriously damaging the LDF`s
prosepects. The LDF failed to realise the true dimensions of
this danger and formulate strategies to overcome that,he said.

Infusion of money in a big way by the UDF was unprecedented
this time and so also the influence of religious and casteist
forces against the LDF, he said.

When the campaigning crossed a crucial phase, the LDF workers
had been overconfident all through the state and this also
affected the coalition`s prospects adversely.

For the first time for the party and the front also faced
isolated cases of rebel candidates entering the fray. This was
a matter to be viewed seriously not by the CPI-M alone but
also by all other partners of the coalition, he said.

PTI