Thiruvananthapuram: Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM state secretary said that the electoral defeat In Kerala was unexpected.

Speaking to media soon after the poll results numbers came to light, Balakrishnan said that the BJP gaining majority could indicate that the country is all set to face a great tragedy.

“This is an unexpected situation, but it is only temporary. The Left has faced failures before also. In the 1977 Lok Sabha elections, we did not win any seats, but we came back. Again in 1984, we had a major setback, but in 1987, we overcame all these obstacles. So, this is also temporary.”

Kodiyeri said that the Left respects the decision of the people in Kerala. He added that Kerala had witnessed a Congress wave in 2019 just as they had witnessed a Left wave in 2014.

Though the Congress suffered a setback in other states, they gained 19 seats in Kerala. He said that though the Congress had swept Kerala, the Left is not happy with the Congress performance at the Centre.

The Left has suffered losses at places where it has performed well, like Palakkad, Alathur, Kasaragod and other constituencies. KPCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran had said that they would win all 20 seats but lost in Alappuzha.

The UDF is ahead in 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala. AM Arif of the LDF has taken the lead in Alappuzha. The exit polls had foretold that the UDF will bag more than half the seats in the state.