CPM set to review poll performance amid allegation of cross-voting

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Thiruvananthapuram: A political controversy has broken out after CPM’s Kozhikode district leadership alleged that BJP cross-voted for the UDF in Vadakara and Kozhikode, even as the state secretariat is prepared to analyse its performance in the Lok Sabha polls today.

The state leadership had not made this allegation after the election. Hence it will be interesting to see if it takes up Kozhikode district secretary P Mohanan’s claim at the meeting.

The UDF has rejected Mohanan’s claim already. KPCC president and former MP from Vadakara, Mullappally Ramachandran, said he would leave politics if the allegation was proved right. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said fear of defeat was making CPM take anticipatory bail.

The CPM had claimed a ‘Congress-League-BJP’ alliance in state in the beginning of the campaign. But they backed out on it after Congress president Rahul Gandhi declared candidacy from Kerala. They had found it illogical to allege Congress-BJP understanding since the party’s national president himself was contesting from the state.

But Mohanan alleges Congress and BJP worked hand in hand on voting day. The last CPM state secretariat had said RSS was not active on field in constituencies where BJP was not expecting victory. But even then it had stopped short of alleging cross-voting.

CPM thinks BJP’s vote share would not go below last Lok Sabha polls’ 15%. However, its leaders believe if it does, vote sale could have occurred. Today’s discussions will reveal if CPM will dare to make such an allegation almost a month before counting. All 20 constituency committees have submitted their initial analysis, which do not give CPM a big gain.

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