The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The defeat of the BJP in the elections to the state assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, is a clear indication of the people’s discontent and anger at the policies followed by the Modi government and the BJP state governments that have imposed unbearable burdens on the people. These results have shattered the myth of the BJP’s electoral invincibility.
Instead of addressing the people’s issues, the BJP governments’ policies had only deepened people’s misery and tried to divert their attention into issues aimed at sharpening communal polarization. The attacks on Muslims and Dalits and the atmosphere of hatred and violence fostered to divide the people have also not succeeded.
In Telangana, the TRS has won a sweeping victory while the BJP’s tally of seats has come down. In Mizoram, the MNF has won a decisive victory ousting the Congress government.
The new governments that will be formed in the former BJP-ruled states must respect the people’s verdict and adopt policies aimed at improving people’s livelihood and reducing their miseries. These governments must also ensure that the unity of the people and the integrity of the country are not further damaged by the BJP’s politics of communal polarization.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) thanks the people who have voted for our candidates in these elections and hails the victory of two CPI(M) candidates in Shri Dungargarh and Bhadra in Rajasthan.