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View from the left: Communal mandate

Blaming opposition is a classic example of the kettle calling the pot black,” the editorial adds.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | Published: December 31, 2014 12:42:57 am

On the state assembly election results, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says that the “BJP has failed to reach its declared target towards achieving which it was furiously campaigning: forming its own government in both the states.”

“Its much advertised ‘Operation 44+’ in Jammu and Kashmir did not evoke the enthusiasm amongst the voters that it had worked for. It drew a blank in the Kashmir Valley… In Jharkhand, the BJP lost over 9 percent of the vote it had polled during the Lok Sabha elections,” says the editorial. It claims that in both J&K and Jharkhand, the BJP’s electoral victories, even though “significantly lesser than its Lok Sabha performance”, were “based on sharpening communal polarisation.”

On the winter session of Parliament that ended last week, the editorial accuses the BJP of “exercising its ‘tyranny of democracy’ in the Lok Sabha.” It claims, “The BJP today holds the opposition in the Rajya Sabha as being responsible for the disruptions.

Blaming opposition is a classic example of the kettle calling the pot black,” the editorial adds.

“Both the Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir elections show that despite all their efforts, the BJP could not achieve its target. Unfortunately, for the country and the people, [the] BJP’s electoral performance and the Rajya Sabha disruptions will only embolden the RSS and all its tentacles to further sharpen communal polarisation and thus seek to consolidate the communal Hindu vote bank,” it says.

“Hypocrisy and u-turn [are] becoming [a] routine matter for the BJP and its government,” says the CPI’s New Age. “Parliament was deadlocked for a week as the prime minister refused to fulfil his constitutional obligation to make his stand clear on the multi-pronged communal offensive launched by his mentor organisation, the RSS,” the editorial argues, slamming the government for taking the ordinance route to reforms.

“The other hypocrisy was in projecting the result of the two assembly elections. They are claiming that BJP has gained what it has aspired for. If
one compares with the Lok Sabha results, in both the states [the] BJP
has not retained what it… achieved in May,” it adds.

Also talking about the assembly elections in Jharkhand and J&K, the CPI(ML)’s ML Update says that “the BJP has predictably added Jharkhand
to its kitty even as it emerged as the second-largest party in a highly polarised and fragmented Jammu & Kashmir… While this has been the best ever showing of the party in the assemblies of these two states, the outcome has fallen significantly short of what the BJP had expected or most pollsters had generously predicted…”

“As the year draws to a close and the Modi juggernaut rolls along, albeit with diminishing electoral steam, the coming year will surely pose major challenges on every front of our collective existence… By all indications, 2015 will be a key year… and revolutionary communists will have to intensify the resistance on every front, taking… electoral reverses boldly in their stride,” the editorial concludes.

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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