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Left slide continues despite better show in Kerala

Even in Kerala, where the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is heading for a majority, what is shocking is the erosion in vote share of the CPI (M)

Mayank Mishra  |  New Delhi 

The Left parties have won fewer seats than the Congress in their erstwhile bastion of West Bengal. Even more worrying is the steep decline in vote share of the Left Front that ruled the state for 34 straight years, before losing power to the Trinamool Congress in 2011. The debacle in West Bengal came as a shock to the Left Parties. To arrest the slide, they did the “unthinkable” by tying up with the Congress. But the alliance seems to have helped the Congress more. The Left parties have been reduced to their lowest ever seat tally in nearly four decades. The CPI (M)’s ...

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First Published: Fri, May 20 2016. 00:45 IST