CPM faces electoral isolation: The gruesome murder of two young Congress workers at Periya

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) is going through its worst crisis in Kerala, the only state where the party is in power today. The recent killings of political opponents allegedly by party workers in the politically hyperactive northern districts of Kerala have been fast eroding its roots.

These political murders have isolated the CPM from a large section of society, including supporters who voted the party to power. It has also lost the support of a good chunk of them for its stance on the subject of women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple. Adding to its woes, the CPM leadership has widely deviated from the Communist ideology.

The combined​ effect of these factors is likely to make Kerala CPM’s last bastion. This will come as a crippling blow to the party, which has already lost West Bengal and Tripura. The upcoming Lok Sabha election will shed light on the possible future of the CPM, the largest Left party in the country.

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