The CPI(M), which had no qualms hobnobing with ‘terror-tainted’ Abdul Nazer Madhani in the Lok Sabha election in Kerala, has attributed the Congress victory to the ganging up of all the communal forces, the corporate media, and the American imperialistic intervention. Party mouthpiece Deshabhimani, in its editorial titled, Dimensions of the verdict, has fixed the blame for the Congress victory on the US.
“All retrogressive forces in Bengal and Kerala had resorted to anti-Left stand. The imperialistic forces had been tenacious that the Left should not emerge as a critical force in the 15th Lok Sabha. That the US Ambassador had called on prominent political leaders of the country on the eve of the verdict and asked them to take anti-Left stand in the government formation should be seen as the intervention of such forces,” said the editorial.
The other two factors which the party found responsible for the Left’s poor performance were the media and the communal forces. The Right wing had succeeded in parading caste and communal forces on its side. The BJP vote had gone to the Congress. The media also put forward the anti-Communist agenda with an intention to defeat the Left, said the editorial. It also asked the Left to do introspection on the fallout of the support given to the outgoing government.