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The Congress Debacle in Kerala

The Congress Debacle in Kerala

the political scene of Kerala will be surprised at the decisive defeat of the Congress party in the elections. But even those who have been keen students of the State's politics are bound to be amazed at the fantastic margin with which the United Front of seven parties has scored its stunning victory. Even in the wildest of their dreams, the leaders of the United Front could not have dreamt of such a triumph. Every functionary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee including its President, three Secretaries and the Treasurer, has been defeated. The only significant survivor in this landslide is P Govinda Men on, Central Minister for Pood, who has just managed to scrape through to become the sole representative of the Con- gress from Kerala in the Lok Sabha. Out of a total of 133 seats in the State Assembly, the United Front has captured 117! The Congress could secure only nine, just one-fourth of what they won in the mid-term elections of 1965. What has made this possible? It is a difficult, complex question to answer.

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