A division in the secular and Muslim votes contributed to the defeat of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, CPI (M) said on Friday, adding at the same time that BSP’s victory has effectively put an end to communal politics in the state.
The crucial "social alliance" that BSP managed to forge, divided Muslim votes, leaving SP stranded with a fractured support base. "It affected SP. There was also a feeling among the people against the governance (under SP rule). It is also a fact that every single political party worked against the SP," CPI (M) politburo member, Brinda Karat, told the Hindustan Times.
Brinda added that it was not just a negative vote for SP but the people of UP also voted for BSP and Mayawati.
"But what is also every important (about the result) is that it has triggered an utter rout of communal politics. The dream of BJP of reaching New Delhi via Lucknow has been effectively stalled," Brinda said.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) said it was a clear verdict against the mis-governance of SP and the communal "fascist politics of the BJP." The party hoped that BSP would ensure good governance and strengthen the secular, democratic polity at the national level.
CPI (M) politburo member, Sitaram Yehcury, said that it is now clear that the Electoral College was in favour of a secular candidate in the upcoming Presidential election.
"The electorate in UP has given a resounding defeat to the communal platform led by BJP, despite their 'prakhar Hindutva' campaign and issuing of the infamous CD," Yechury said.
Yechury added that the Left hopes that BSP would strengthen secular forces and support a secular candidate in the Presidential poll.
Asked about apprehensions that BSP had the option of joining hands with NDA, he said since the UPA and Left together had an advantage in the Presidential poll, "we do not think BSP would go with the BJP", though a lot would depend on the BSP in terms of vote arithmetic.
Observing that formal talks on the Presidential elections would begin in the next few days, the CPI (M) leader said informal discussions among all secular parties had already begun. He also did not rule out talks with BSP on the matter.
"We are not giving any proposal for any individual, nor have we received any names. We want to support a secular person on whose name maximum support of secular parties can be garnered," he said.