CPM will soon become history, says BJP

Pradeep BhattacharyaWhat has happened in Delhi is a surprise, says Cong state president Pradeep Bhattacharya

On a day when the BJP seemed occupied with its celebratory roaring, it was joined by the ruling Trinamool Congress in also analysing the future of CPM — "the party which has become irrelevant in national politics," according to TMC general secretary Mukul Roy.

"They couldn't win even a single seat. It goes on to show how they have been rejected," Roy said.

BJP state president Rahul Sinha went a step further to claim that whatever "traces of CPM remain in Kerala would soon be wiped out".

"Students," Sinha said, "would read in history textbooks that there used to be a group of people who borrowed a school of thought from a foreign country and tried to implement it in India but failed abysmally."

While the CPM was not counting on gaining much ground in Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh — given how it had only put three, three and two candidates, respectively, in the fray, it did have its hopes riding high on Rajasthan polls (with 35 candidates) and especially in three constituencies there - Anupgarh, Dhod and Dantaramgarh - where the party had won in the last election.

But the people's decision to "express their anger against Congress owing to corruption and price rise" meant that they were always going to "choose BJP as the next alternative", said senior CPM leader, Rabin Deb.

"We now await full statistics. There would then be a central committee meeting in Tripura where we would discuss areas where we need to make amends and make a comeback in," Deb said.

Meanwhile, not only did the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Surya Kanta Mishra, refuse to comment on his party's loss, he even derided that his going to Rajasthan to campaign for the party could even become an issue. "So what if I went to campaign? It is only appropriate that leaders in Delhi would comment on the issue."

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