Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM state committee has ratified the evaluation report of party central committee which pointed out that the entry of two women in Sabarimala a day after the historic "women's wall" had cost dearly during Lok Sabha polls.
The evaluation report, approved by the state committee which was published in party mouthpiece Deshabhimani , said the Congress, RSS and BJP had succeeded in creating confusion among a sizeable section of devotees against the LDF government and CPM. They managed to take away a section of people who used traditionally vote for the Left.
The campaign influenced the CPM supporters in a varied manner from area to area. Those who got influenced by the propaganda voted in favour of the UDF and BJP candidates in different constituencies.
Though the party had launched a counter campaign to expose the BJP and Congress, which had initially supported the Supreme Court verdict and later turned against it, somehow it failed to convince the people.
The party felt that the reasons for the failure of campaign needs to be studied in detailed as to whether there was a problem with the mode of communication or with the message itself.
The party, however, backed the LDF government firm position on the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women in Sabarimala temple, irrespective of their age. The party and the government could not have taken a different stand other than to uphold the Supreme Court verdict ensuring gender equality.
The party expressed concern over the BJP securing 15.56 per cent of votes despite allegedly transferring a portion of their votes to UDF in all constituencies barring Thiruvananthapuram, Attingal, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur and Palakkad.
The evaluation report had noted that despite the good performance, the LDF government the party had failed to get this translated in votes. The party at different levels need to examine the failures and come out with remedial measures.
Similarly, the huge defeat has also exposed the party's failure to gauge the pulse of voters in the state. The state committee has decided to connect directly with people, have more interactions with them at different levels to understand their ideas and aspirations.