The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the brutal attacks by MNS on youth from different states who had gone to Mumbai to sit for the Railway Recruitment Board exams. Over 50 young men were severely beaten and terrorized and not allowed to sit for the exams. This is not the first time that this blatantly regional chauvinist outfit has attacked those from outside Maharashtra particularly targeting poor workers from the Hindi-speaking regions. This is a blatant assault on the Constitution which the state government of Maharashtra is duty bound to protect and take stringent action against the perpetrators of such attacks. That it has failed to do so and in fact showing lenience to the leader of the outfit shows the utter bankruptcy of the politics of the Congress and its coalition partner.