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A major setback for Left, says CPI(M)

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CPI(M) will continue to champion the interests of workers

We will learn lessons for the future: CPI

NEW DELHI: Describing the election results as a “major setback” to the Left parties, the CPI(M) said on Saturday that it would continue cooperation with the non-Congress, non-BJP secular parties with which it had been working.

“The CPI(M) and the Left parties have suffered a major setback in these elections. This necessitates a serious examination of the reasons for the party’s poor performance,” general secretary Prakash Karat said here reading out from a prepared text of the Polit Bureau.

The CPI(M) assured all those who reposed faith in the party that it would continue to champion the interests of the working people, national sovereignty and secularism.

To take stock of the results, the Polit Bureau will meet here on Monday, the day the Revolutionary Socialist Party begins its meeting of the Central Secretariat.

CPI national secretary D. Raja said: “We respect the people’s verdict, we had asked for mandate for a non-Congress, non-BJP government. We will now sit in the opposition.”

Mr. Raja said the CPI would learn lessons for the future and see how the party could build its base. As for the results, he said there were several objective and subjective factors and in some cases the factors were State-specific.

CPI(M) leaders preferred not to offer any comment on what could be the factors that led to the Left in general, and their party in particular, losing many seats in West Bengal.

However, it is clear that the poor show by the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu and the Left Front in West Bengal resulted in the Third Front being knocked out in the final tally.

The CPI, the CPI(M), the RSP and the All-India Forward Bloc are scheduled to meet here on Sunday.

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