CPM kick-starts grassroot works
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The next Lok Sabha polls are due only in May 2019 but the CPM seems to be gearing up for the big battle right away. The house visit campaign launched by CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Saturday is progressing across the state, with party squads interacting one on one with people. During house visits, the party leaders are distributing pamphlets which highlight party’s stand on various issues and the achievements of the LDF Government.
The house visits are being led by members of the politburo, central committee, state committee, district, area and branch committees. The party comrades are not shying away from disclosing that the house visits are part of party’s preparations for the next Lok Sabha polls. With the BJP government at the Centre coming out with unpredictable decisions, the Left parties particularly the CPM believes that even on Lok Sabha polls the Sangh Parivar could stun the opposition by announcing early elections. Moreover, the party is wary of BJP agenda in the state especially with Amit Shah desperate to make electoral gains here.
Though Shah has set a highly improbable target of winning 12 of the 20 parliamentary seats, political observers say it’s a tactics to galvanise the cadre and attract more sections. The CPM has evolved a twin strategy. During the house visits, party workers are highlighting Modi’s 'anti people’ policies and Sangh Parivar’s threat to the plurality of the country. The CPM is hopeful of a positive response to its campaign against beef restrictions, killings in the name of gau raksha and communal hatred.