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‘BJP, TMC Hell-bent on Negating Heritage & Ethos of Bengal’: Sitaram Yechury Condemns Kolkata Violence

“But Bengal will not succumb,” the CPI(M) general secretary said.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury hit out at both the Trinamool (TMC) and the BJP for leveraging Bengal’s heritage for their own political gain, and condemned the violent clashes during Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on 14 May that resulted in the smashing of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust.

Yechury slammed the BJP and its ideological father Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and asked, “This is their advocacy of India’s civilisational heritage?”

Claiming that attacking knowledge is how the BJP-RSS want to implement their “poisonous project” in Bengal, he said, “Bengal will reject the destruction they offer”.

The CPI(M) leader added that both the TMC and BJP “are hell-bent on negating the heritage and ethos of Bengal” and that they have revealed their true agenda which is “destructive and unacceptable” for West Bengal.

He added, “This can’t go on, this will not stand.” (Eta cholbe na, chala uchit na.)

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Yechury pointed out how Vidyasagar “stood for progress, pathbreaking reform and enlightenment,” everything that is against what the Sangh parivar propagates today. He saidthat it is clear that the Sangh “would seek destruction of his (Vidyasagar’s) ideas.”

The veteran leader highlighted that instead of being an isolated act of vandalism, Tuesday’s incident is a systematic attack afoot in Bengal.

The CPI(M) leader also slammed the BJP’s tendency to obscure the truth with diversions, in an attempt to gaslight the electorate.

He added, “These obscurantists have always opposed Vidyasagar’s ideas. But Bengal will not succumb.”

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