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For CPIM Kerala Is “Jindegi Ki Akhri Race, Daurunga Bhi Wayse Hi”….

Ya.. Kerala is the last castle of CPIM. With out any introduction it’s clear that if the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) fails to retain the state of Kerala, it will mark a new low in the Left’s declining fortunes in Indian politics. Ever since it captured power in West Bengal in 1977, the CPI(M) has always led a state government in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura since then. With the CPI(M) staring at irrelevance in West Bengal and marginalisation in Tripura, Kerala is the only bastion left. To be sure, Kerala has alternated between the LDF and UDF since 1980. The LDF’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections — it won just one of the 20 Lok Sabha seats — suggested an imminent defeat for the CPI (M) in 2021. However, a bounce-back in the local body polls held in December 2020 have raised the CPI (M)’s hopes about its chances. Another apparent advantage for the incumbent political coalition is that it has got back a faction of the JD (S), which had moved to UDF in 2009, to the LDF fold. That apart, regional Christian party Kerala Congress (M), which has been with the UDF for the last four decades, has joined the LDF. The coalition will count on KC (M) to tilt votes from Central Kerala in its favour. So for CPIM it’s just like a dialogue from the film Bhag Milkha Bhag, “Jindegi ki akhri race, dauruonga bhi wayse hi.”

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