The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Gujarat assembly election results show that the BJP has nothing much to celebrate. Although it has won a majority to form a government, it has got the lowest number of seats in the last two decades. It is expected to win around hundred seats compared to 115 last time – a big fall from the “Mission 150” declared by BJP President Amit Shah. The erosion in support can also be seen from the fact that in the Lok Sabha election of 2014 the BJP had led in 165 assembly segments.
The discontent of the people against the BJP could have been channelised more effectively if there had been a credible opposition with an alternative programme.
In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has won the election comfortably routing the ruling Congress. The verdict in Himachal has been against the corruption and misrule of the Virbhadra Singh government. The CPI(M) has won an assembly seat and will be represented in the state assembly after a gap of twenty years.