New Delhi, Oct 9: As a mark of protest against the alleged killings of its activists CPI-M cadres in Kerala allegedly by RSS and BJP members, hundreds of CPI-M activists led by its General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday marched up to the BJP headquarters here.
CPI-M leaders said they were being assaulted by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for upholding secular values, which they described as “anathema” to the hate politics of the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The marchers set out from Delhi’s CPI-M office at Vithalbhai Patel House and moved towards the BJP office about a kilometre away, raising slogans such as “RSS terror down, down” and “Khooni rajniti band karo” (Stop politics of violence).
The march was halted by police near the BJP office where CPI-M leaders addressed the gathering.
“Ever since the Modi government took power, the RSS-BJP have gone on a rampage, particularly in Kerala, killing CPI-M cadres and sympathisers. Their politics of hatred has also seen killings in the name of ‘gauraksha’, ‘love jehad’ and pseudo-nationalism,” Yechury stated.
He said at least 85 CPI-M workers had been killed in the last three years in Kerala.
Referring to BJP President Amit Shah’s visit to Kerala, Yechury accused him of attempting to divert the attention of the people “because his son is implicated in a money laundering case”.
Other CPI-M leaders including Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat and S.R. Pillai also participated in the procession,
The “Jan Raksha Yatra” of the BJP in Kerala was actually the “RSS Raksha Yatra”, Prakash Karat said.
“We have not used the police and administration to stop their yatra because we believe in democracy. But after their yatra is over, we will come to the streets and the world will see that the people of Kerala are with us,” he added.
Brinda Karat termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah as “encounter specialists”.
“It is we, the CPI-M, who have stood for communal harmony which is an anathema to their ideology and that is why they are killing us,” she said.