The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Of the three elections that have taken place, the BJP has got a sweeping victory in Gujarat. But it has lost the other two elections – the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls and the Delhi municipal corporation election.
In Gujarat, the BJP’s seventh successive victory is a confirmation of the deep communal polarization that has been engineered by the BJP-RSS over the last three decades. The projection of a pan-Hindu identity along with the rhetoric about Gujarati pride have overcome the more vital issues like price rise, unemployment and poor public health and educational facilities.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress victory constitutes a stinging defeat for the BJP which had put in all its resources and state machinery to try to retain power. The popular discontent over BJP misrule prevailed.
In Delhi, the elections to the unified municipal corporation has resulted in the Aam Aadmi Party defeating the BJP which had held the corporation for the past fifteen years. The people of Delhi have withstood all the blandishments and maneouvres of the BJP and the Central government.
The results of Himachal Pradesh and Delhi have exposed the vulnerability of the BJP despite its huge money power and resources. The limits of the much-touted Modi factor have also come to the fore.
The opposition parties should draw the proper lessons from these results and draw up plans to put up an effective united opposition to the BJP state-wise by marshaling all the forces.