The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is a shocking decision by the BJP. This choice by the RSS, executed by its political arm, the BJP, is a deliberate move which bodes ill for the state.
Adityanath is a known Hindutva fanatic who has a record of inciting communal violence, having a number of criminal cases pending against him. He also espouses extremely casteist views.
The selection of Adityanath has once again exposed the oft-repeated claim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that development will be its main agenda. It makes a mockery of his own slogan of "sabka saath, sabka vikas".
In the face of this situation, the CPI (M) calls upon all democratic and secular forces in Uttar Pradesh to unitedly work to ensure the safeguarding of communal amity and the protection of the rights of all sections of the people in accordance with the constitutional guarantees.
(Hari Singh Kang)
For Central Committee Office