New Delhi: Two youths Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul, purportedly belonging to an outfit called Hindu Sena, posed as journalists to interrupt the press conference of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today at the party office. They were heard sloganeering, “Bharat Mata ki Jai“, “CPM Murdabad” and “Hindu Sena Zindabad” before being overpowered by the party cadre.
The police present on the spot then whisked the youths away from the Gole Market area to the Mandir Marg police station. The details of the incident did not, however, stop Yechury’s party from seeing an RSS ghost behind the incident.
“The Politburo strongly condemns the efforts made by two persons claiming allegiance to an RSS outfit to disrupt a press conference being addressed by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at the end of the two-day meeting of the Polit Bureau,”
the CPI (M) said in a statement.
Chief Minister of Kerala P Vijayan said the incident was “shocking to democratic consciousness”, adding, “No one should think that [the] CPI(M) can be cowed down or silenced with violence.” He alleged that the Sangh Parivar, emboldened by the BJP-led government at the Centre, had “unleashed a fascist model violence across the country”.
The first voices of protest relayed by the media all emanated from Kerala. CPI(M) leader and former chief minister of the State VS Achuthanandan urged the Union government to take steps to ban outfits like the Hindu Sena. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president MM Hassan said confronting political rivals through violence was a challenge to democracy; he wanted strong action against the culprits.
ANI, the news agency that had reported the incident through a tweet, posted a video along with it which shows some CPI(M) workers beating up the alleged assailants.
— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2017
A certain Vishnu Gupta heads the fringe outfit. He said after the incident that the Hindu Sena activists wanted to protest the CPI(M)’s criticism of the Indian Army. He claimed that the members of his party were staging a “peaceful protest” at the CPI(M) office.
BJP’s Kerala unit president Kummanom Rajasekharan said the BJP leadership had already clarified that neither the party nor the RSS had any role in the incident at the AK Gopalan Bhavan [CPI(M) headquarters].
“Still it is with an ulterior motive that efforts are on to link BJP-RSS with the incident… CPI(M) should retreat from that attempt,”