The CPI(M) Politburo on Monday analysed the poll debacle in West Bengal and Kerala as top leaders met in New Delhi. Speaking at the end of the meeting CPM general seceretary Prakash Karat said that the people have voted for change in West Bengal and they accept the verdict.
Regarding defeat in Kerala, Karat said that 'polarisation of communal votes' led to their defeat.
Karat also said that the party will look into the matter in detail and try to understand the cause of defeat more deeply. He also expressed unhappiness over the attack on CPM offices in the recent days by the Trinamool cadres and asked her to keep the pre-poll promise of maintaining peace.
Earlier on Monday, the CPI(M) ruled out any change in leadership following the poll debacle in West Bengal and Kerala. The party also dubbed as rumours outgoing West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's offer to opt out of the Politburo. However, Bhattacharjee did not attend Monday's Politburo meeting which analysed the poll results.
CPI(M) Politburo member MK Pandhe said the Politburo will have a preliminary discussion on the poll results and the Central Committee will analyse in detail the reasons for the loss in elections.
Asked whether one can expect a leadership change following the poll setback, Pandhe said, "I don't think there is any change in leadership."
He told reporters that reports about Bhattacharjee opting out were not right. "We have not been informed about anything. It is wrong," Pandhe said.
West Bengal CPI(M) secretary Biman Bose termed as "rumours" reports on Bhattacharjee opting out of Politburo taking responsibility for the drubbing in Bengal polls.
"These are all rumours. It is concocted and manufactured," Bose said.