The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Maharashtra Election Results
The people of Maharashtra have rejected the BJP-Shiv Sena combine and voted for a Congress-NCP led government. This victory for the secular forces is in line with the national verdict given in the 14th Lok Sabha elections. The people of Maharashtra have refused to endorse the communal platform of the Shiv Sena and the BJP despite the discontent against the Congress-NCP state government.
These results have ensured that there will be a secular government in the state. Based on a honest appraisal of the record of the past five years, the new government should adopt policies which can improve the living conditions of all sections of the working people.
The CPI(M) has won 3 seats compared to the 2 last time.