People reject BJP’s politics of communalism, terrorism: Left

December 8th, 2008 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Indian voters have rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) politics based on communalism and terrorism, Left parties said Monday as the Congress seemed poised to win three of the five states that conducted assembly elections. “It is a huge setback for the BJP’s divisive politics,” said S. Ramachandran Pillai, politburo member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) .

The Congress was set to retain power in Delhi and capture power from the BJP in Rajasthan. While it was also set to form government in Mizoram, the fight was close in BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh was, however, remaining with the BJP.

“The fight was between Congress and BJP in most of the states and the people have chosen Congress in Rajasthan and Delhi,” Pillai told IANS without elaborating.

“The people do not appreciate the BJP’s politics based on communalism and terrorism,” Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja said.

“The election result also gives a clear message to the Congress that the people are not happy with their economic policies,” he added.

The Left parties withdrew their support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in July over differences on the India-US nuclear deal.

The Left parties, which do not have much influence in the north Indian states, had backed the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other small regional outfits in the elections.

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