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Inducts Chandramohanan, Meenakshi Thampan into party secretariat

Asks district panels to probe defeats Regrets inaction by party cadres in pollsFeels more seats could have been won

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has decided to stake claim to one of the three Rajya Sabha seats for which election is slated to be held on June 26.

Given the composition of the Assembly, the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) can win two of the three seats.The CPI(M) is determined to contest both the winning seats and has already more or less identified its candidates.

However, the CPI leadership feels that it has a claim to one of the seats and must stake claim to it. The CPI State council has also decided to induct party's Kollam district secretary K. R. Chandramohanan and former MLA Meenakshi Thampan into the party State secretariat in place of C. Divakaran and Mullakkara Rathnakaran, who have taken over as Ministers in the LDF Cabinet. The State council did not approve of the proposal for the inclusion of M. Rahmatulla in the State secretariat. The two-day State council meeting concluded here on Friday after adopting the election review report presented by CPI State secretary Veliyam Bhargavan.

The report, containing an incisive analysis of the pluses and minuses of the LDF's thumping victory in the Assembly elections, has recommended district-level scrutiny of the election results in Kollam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Kottayam to see if there was any failure on the part of individual leaders.

The poll review report has cautioned the party cadres against reading too much into the election outcome and reminded them that though the LDF has secured 98 seats in the Assembly, the UDF has quite an impressive presence among the people with 43 per cent of the votes polled.

The LDF victory, according to the report, is mainly due to the shift in minority votes.

The UDF is certain to work hard to win back these votes. If that happens, the tide would turn against the LDF. The task before the party and the LDF, therefore, is to ensure that the minority votes that swung its way are retained there, the report said.

The report has regretted the absence of sufficient coordination between the LDF constituents, particularly the CPI(M) and the CPI in some constituencies and expressed the view that more seats could have been won with a little more hard work and coordination.

The State council has also warned party leaders and cadres against interfering in the functioning of the Government for their personal gain.

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