Each Left party to review poll reverses individually (Lead)

May 17th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Leaders of the Left parties Sunday announced that each party will individually review the reverses suffered by them in the 2009 general elections.
“In the light of the Lok Sabha election results, it was decided that each party individually would review the reverses suffered in the elections. Following this, the Left parties will come to a collective assessment on how to overcome the shortcomings and move ahead,” a statement following a Left parties meeting here Sunday said.

Top Left leaders from the Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), All-India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), who attended the meeting, said in a statement that Left parties will work as a responsible opposition in parliament.

The Left leaders who attended the meeting included A.B. Bardhan, Prakash Karat, Debabrata Biswas, T.J. Chandrachoodan, Sitaram Yechury, S. Ramachandran Pillai, D. Raja and G. Devarajan.

The statement added that the Left parties will continue their cooperation with the non-Congress, non-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) allies.

Left parties were decimated, including in their traditional strongholds of West Bengal and Kerela, in the 2009 general elections. The Left parties won only 24 seats this time, a far cry from their best-ever tally of 59 seats in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

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