The RSS/BJP campaign for the Maharashtra and Haryana state assemblies as well as for the 51 assembly by-elections across the country was extremely vocal, with Modi and Amit Shaw presenting an enthusiastic narrative explaining how Kashmir along with Pakistan are tamed, how every ‘foreigner’ is going to be thrown out through countrywide NRC, and how Mandir is going to be built at Ayodhya, supported by its huge money and manpower. If anybody talked about slow down or recession, he was dubbed anti-national spreading lies. They arrogantly claimed to win 220 out of 288 seats in Maharashtra, and 70 out of 90 seats in Haryana. Most of the main channels also supported these claims.
But the election results shows that the juggernaut of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which went ahead decimating the parliamentary opposition and winning over their leaders to its side, the arrogance with which any form of criticism was treated, has met with some hiccups. While BJP boasted about getting huge majority for itself in both states, it just managed majority with its ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, and in Haryana it is reduced to minority with a hung assembly. Even if it manipulates to form governments in both states, it is going to face more hiccups in the days to come.
It shows that as our CC meeting just concluded on 21st October has pointed out, “Even though many from the parliamentary opposition forces are surrendering to RSS/BJP and others are still not organizing any movements in opposition, larger number of people’s movements against the consequences of ever intensifying corporatization and fascistization under Modi-2 are coming up in different parts of the country. A polarization of public opinion against RSS/BJP is also slowly taking place”. This alienation of the people who are thrown to miserable living conditions is well reflected in these election results, with the winning spree of BJP suffering a setback. As the consequences of the recession are going to affect vast majority of the masses, these setbacks are bound to become more profound in coming days.
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar
24th October 2019