May 3 : CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury questioned RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for associating violence with particular religion and said that epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata proves that “even Hindus can be violent”.
“Ramayana and Mahabharata are also filled with instances of violence and battles. Being a pracharak (RSS functionaries), you narrate the epics but still claim Hindus can’t be violent? What is the logic behind saying that there’s a religion which engages in violence and we Hindus don’t,” Yechury said at an event in Bhopal.
He further slammed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and right-wing outfits for creating a “private Army” on the “pretext of cow slaughter”.
Modi at an election meeting on 1 April 2019, accused the opposition Congress of maligning ‘peaceful Hindus’ by using the term ‘Hindu Terrorism.’ He said, “they made an attempt to put a blot on ‘peace-loving’ Hindus with a word like ‘Hindu terrorism’. Is there any incident of Hindu terrorism? Even British said Hindus cannot be violent.”
Modi is openly claiming that Hindus can never be violent and ‘Hindu Terrorism’ doesn’t exist.
Claiming that the alliance would collectively remove PM Narendra Modi, Yechury said the alliance has an alternative to him.
Also present on the occasion, Congress’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Digvijaya Singh said, “it’s not a general election but a fight to keep the Constitution intact.”
Alleging that the BJP andRSS were planning to tamper with the Constitution, Singh alleged they never had any faith in Constitution and also restricted Mahatma Gandhi to a spectacle (in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).
“It’s a fight of ideologies and not a tussle between persons,” claimed the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister.
Digvijaya even mocked the BJP’s pick against him from the constituency and said, “BJP couldn’t find a single member from their party who could fight me? So they got Sadhvi ji. Good, I welcome her. EC has barred her for 3 days from campaigning, though we want to her campaign and keep giving statements, it helps us.”