The Polit Bureau of Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The BJP has won a second successive victory in the UP elections. With intensified communal polarization, control over large sections of the media and immense money power, BJP retained government with a reduced majority. Despite the immense economic hardships faced by the people, relief measures like provision of free foodgrains, have had an impact.
The BJP has also won the Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur elections.
In Punjab the Aam Aadmi Party has won a sweeping victory. The people of Punjab have voted for a decisive change rejecting the two traditional parties, the Congress and Akali Dal.
Overall, these results indicate the continuing dominance of right-wing politics. The Left and democratic forces will evolve fresh strategies and redouble their efforts in the fight against the Hindutva-Corporate regime, its policies and growing authoritarianism.