Politics Analysis: CPM manifesto attempts to sell old socialist wine in new bottle, lacks punch to woo voters Updated : March 29, 2019 06:48 PM IST The Left party, which was reduced to just nine seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, will contest just 71 seats this time. The CPM manifesto prescribes panacea like subsidies, more state control of the economy and strengthening of public sector behemoths. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.