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Saturday, 20 July 2024 3.07 AM IST

Defeat in Kozhikode and Vadakara: CPM to conduct deep study to know reasons


KOZHIKODE: Kozhikode district committee to learn in depth about the party's heavy defeat for the fourth time in Kozhikode. The methods of the party's state secretary and the chief minister were criticized in the district secretariat and then in the district committee which met for two days.

It was criticized that the ezhava, backward and scheduled sections of the weaker majority community were forgotten while devoting time for the welfare of the minorities and while the welfare pension was stalled the party retreated from basic issues, which added momentum to the failure. It is in such a context that there was a suggestion that every branch, local committee and area committee should study the leakage of votes at the grassroots level separately and give a report.

Kozhikode has around 4500 branch committees, around 275 local committees and 16 area committees. It is also proposed to present booth-wise figures of vote leakage in Kozhikode and Vadakara Lok Sabha constituencies.

Despite all the favourable conditions in Vadakara this time, even the party votes could not be achieved. The party lost by 1,14,506 votes in Vadakara, where the fight was toughened despite fielding the best candidate KK Shailaja. Last time, P Jayarajan lost to K Muralidharan by 84,663 votes. Kuthuparambamb, Perambra and Koyilandy, who had always supported the Reds, did not support the party this time. Only a slight majority in Thalassery. No lead could be made in six of the seven assembly constituencies.

Elamaram Kareem, a member of the party's central committee, has demanded a serious explanation from where the votes were leaked in the Kozhikode constituency. Kareem was defeated by MK Raghavan in the fourth round by a margin of 1,46,176 votes. Last time, when MLA A Pradeep Kumar contested, Raghavan's majority was 85,225. Elathur, party strongholds Beypore and Balussery, where party got a majority last time, did not support CPM this time.

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