Over two months after it suffered a mighty defeat in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, managing to win only a single seat in Kerala, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is lining up their lakhs of party members in the state to ensure that they win back the support of the people, and secure their only remaining fortress in the Indian subcontinent.
The state secretariat of the CPI(M), a major constituent of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala, has decided to continue with their door-to-door house visits and make it a regular feature in the coming days, in order to ensure that there is direct communication between the people and the party. This is one among the many measures that the party secretariat has decided to implement in order to win the support of the people.
According to A Vijayaraghavan, the LDF convener, the party, during their post poll assessment, found that they had lost a section of the traditional Left votes to the United Democratic Front in the Kerala voterâ€™s wish to prevent the BJP from forming the Union government. â€śThis, along with the candidature of Rahul Gandhi from the Wayanad constituency, did have a deep impact in the drifting of votes from the LDF,â€ť said the senior party leader.
The other major factor that was fitted against the Left for their failure in the elections in the state was their stand regarding the controversial Sabarimala issue. Admitting the fact, Vijayaraghavan said, â€śAs far as Sabarimala is concerned, the party felt that we were not able to properly explain our stand to the people. All of this was understood from the home visits conducted by our party leaders in the month of July.â€ť
The party secretariat has decided to reach out directly to the people of the state and engage in one-on-one conversation with them in order to understand their problems as well as to educate the public about the partyâ€™s policies and politics.
â€śThe other important decision we have taken is to improve our mass approach. Communist parties across the country have been known for mobilising workers and peasants and stand with them through their struggles in the form of trade unions and so on. We will focus more into strengthening such unions, through which we will also improve our interaction with the working class,â€ť stated Vijayaraghavan.
The Communist Party leader stated that they will also be focusing on improving and developing the â€śsecular mindâ€ť of the people of Kerala and help them in â€śresisting all communal forces that are slowly and gradually attempting to break into various sections of the society.â€ť
The party has scheduled state-wide meetings with their activists and members in the coming days in order to implement and execute these measures. â€śEven the party leadership in each area of the state will be present during the door-to-door visits. We have already visited a good number of houses in the state,â€ť added the LDF convener.
The CPI(M) had conducted home visits in various parts of the state between July 22 and July 28, which according to the party secretariat, evoked a tremendous response from the people. Various top leaders of the party including politburo members, central and state committee members had participated in these home visits conducted last month.