CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury was on Wednesday heckled at a press meet by alleged right-wing activists, ANI reported. As per the report, they also shouted slogans against the Left and Yechury. The incident took place just ahead of a press conference by Yechury. The CPI(M), in its reaction, slammed Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) for the incident and said it will not be cowed down by the “Sangh’s ‘goondagardi’ (hooliganism)” aimed at silencing the Left party and that it will win the battle for “the soul of India”, PTI reported. The report adds that both persons were beaten by the party workers and handed over to police, party sources said. The men shouted slogans of ‘Hindu Sena Zindabad’ and ‘CPI(M) murdabad’. However, Yechury can’t be seen being heckled in the video tweeted by the news agency ANI. Speaking to the reporters on the incident, Yechury said the two men “would have got adequate responses had they reached close enough to manhandle me.” He later issued a video message, “Without violence, without terror, the RSS has never been able to increase its political influence. And these tactics have been answered by the people of India in the past and we will be answering it again.”
The Left leader also tweeted, “We will not be cowed down by any attempts of Sangh’s goondagardi to silence us. This is a battle for the soul of India, which we will win (sic).” The two-day politburo meeting, which was also attended by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, saw heavy presence of police.
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Vijayan has been facing flak from some right-wing organisations over his criticism of the Centre’s recent notification relating to cattle slaughter. The press conference was held to brief about two-day politburo meeting of party here.