At least four self styled ‘Hindu Sena’ workers on Wednesday barged into the AKG Bhavan in New Delhi and tried to assault CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri. According to reports, the assaulters were shouting pro-RSS slogans.
The assault happened when Yechuri, who is a staunch critic of the ruling BJP, arrived for press meet to brief about the politburo meeting which has been going on for two days
Yehcury fell down but did not sustain any injuries. The CPI(M) leader then sarcastically commented that such attacks were the part of the third anniversary celebrations of the Modi government. He continued with the press meet.
Two of the men who tried to heckle Yechury was identified as Upendra Kumar and Pawan Kaul and they have been detained by Police.
Responding to the attack, Yechuri tweeted, “we will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh’s goondagardi to silence us.”
The attack happened a day after senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat courted controversy as he attacked army chief Gen Bipin Rawat for his “unbecoming” attitude towards the Kashmir issue in article piece in the party’s mouthpiece.
Karat pointed out that the army chief was towing the government’s line on Kashmir, which is to “suppress” the people who are “voicing their political protest”.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) politburo, which was in session has decided not to allow Yechuri to go for a third term in Rajya Sabha.
Yechury is a two-time Rajya Sabha MP. His current tenure will end in August. As per the CPI(M) convention, a person is not sent to the Upper House of Parliament for more than two terms. The Marxist leader himself had said that he will follow the norm concerned. Kerala unit of the party had come out against Yechuri contesting for third term with Congress support.
West Bengal state committee of the CPI (M) has earlier passed a resolution demanding Yechury be made candidate for the Rajya Sabha election