New Delhi: The CPI(M) Thursday said the Congress
had suffered a "setback" in the recent assembly election and the BJP was "not seen as a credible alternative" to that party.
The CPI(M) had also performed "poorly" in Uttar Pradesh
and Punjab, the party Politburo said in a statement, adding
that this underlined the need to strengthen its mass
activities and organisations in these states.
Terming the victory of Samajwadi Party in UP as
"remarkable", it said the verdict was not only against the
Mayawati government, but the people had rejected the BJP and
the Congress too.
It said a part of the failure of the Congress "can be
attributed to the people`s discontent against price rise and
corruption for which they hold the Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre responsible."
"The BJP in particular has failed to make any headway.
... The results show also that the BJP is not seen as a
credible alternative to the Congress," it said, adding that
while the BJP`s seats have been reduced in Punjab, it lost in
Uttarakhand and did not perform well in UP.
Observing that the overall results in five states
"constitute a setback for the Congress", the CPI(M) said while
it lost in Goa and Punjab, it "fared badly" in UP and "just
managed to be ahead by one seat in Uttarakhand wherein too it
should have gained from the anti-incumbency factor".
While the sole exception for the Congress was the
outright victory in Manipur, the CPI(M) said this has "no
wider significance given the abnormal and specific conditions