New Delhi: The CPM came a cropper in Tripura because the party lost its influence in the state, Politburo member MA Baby said on Tuesday.
The party has suffered a big dent in the popularity. There were plenty of shortcomings that could have been rectified. The BJP didn't win just because it spent a lot of money. CPM leaders should learn from their mistakes and change the way they function, Baby told Manorama News in New Delhi.
Baby's statement comes at a time when CPM leaders were alleging that the BJP used money power to snatch victory in Tripura.
“The setback in Tripura is a serious issue. We lost a lot of party votes. There could have been many shortcomings there that needed to be rectified. There were no higher education facilities and modern industrial enterprises in the state. Tripura is backward in generating jobs too. The CPM and the Left front should also examine whether it failed to take the youth into confidence or not,” he said.
“Permanent incumbency too might have worked against the party. The party faltered because it couldn't foresee these issues. One of the reasons for the failure that is put forward is the that 36% of Congress votes went to the BJP. Why didn't the CPM get some of these votes," asks Baby.
Stressing that the Sangh Parivar threat in Kerala shouldn't be taken lightly any more, Baby rebuffed the idea that the party should align with the Congress to take on the BJP. The Congress itself is losing its votes to the BJP. Their soft-Hindutva approach is another issue. The Congress is shying away from taking on Fascist forces and hence it can't be seen as a refuge, he said.
The leaders need to learn their lessons from the upset in Tripura and bring about changes in the way they function. The leaders should take this issue a little more seriously. The PB and the central committee that will meet this month will discuss the issue, he said.