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
General Secretary
CPI (ML) Redstar

New Delhi
24th October 2019

The Hindu (24th August) has given a full page report on the two deadly landslides that happened in Kerala during the early days of this month. At that time itself in Karnataka and Maharashtra also, in the hilly areas numerous landslides had happened. Two years ago the ferociousness of the landslides we had seen in Uttarakhand. Himachal Pradesh and other states bordering Himalayas are also highly prone to landslides which are happening in increasing numbers. Same is the case in the hilly areas of Assam, and Northeastern states and j&K. So many studies have come out showing that these increasing landslides are due to large scale quarrying, mining, construction works in ecologically sensitive hill area and steep hill sides, mostly illegal done by real estate owners, land mafias and other vested interests with the collaboration of state and central government machinery even by suppressing people’s movements against them. Even after so many deadly landslides and mud flows no action is taken against the corrupt bureaucracy and the mafias indulging in the destruction of these ecologically sensitive areas. Mainstream political parties openly support these criminals and murderers.

In spite of climate change consequences showing the increasing threat from the ecological catastrophe as the central and state governments refuse to take action to stop the blatant loot of the nature, we appeal to all progressive democratic forces to join with the environmental organizations and movements to mobilize the people, especially in the affected areas and to launch uncompromising movements to save the nature against the onslaughts of forces of capital.

KN Ramachandran,
General Secretary
CPI(ML) Red Star

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