The defeat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in the last elections was "a clear verdict against oppression and underdevelopment for the past 34 years," said Fr. Irudaya Jothi, SJ, director of the Udayani Social Action Forum in Calcutta. "Now, we are waiting to see what the new government will do." On 13 May the Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee, Minister of Railways, beat the Communist Party that had ruled the country since 1977. The result of great historical significance has created high expectations among the people, especially among the poor. "In 34 years, the Marxist government was able to avoid too many people dying of hunger and ignored the problems, to safeguard their interests," said the Jesuit. Everything was controlled by party cadres, from family problems to the government projects: "Social workers and activists were blocked and even branded Maoists." "The so called grassroots movement, with socialist ideology, lost everything about socialism and lost touch with people." This, for the priest, has paved the way for the "tsunami called Mamata."
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