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BMS pull-out of Sept 2 strike under BJP, RSS pressure: Yechury

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BJP, RSS trying to replace India’s secular traditions with CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury today hit out at the BJP-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) for pulling out of the proposed nationwide strike on September 2 saying it did so under BJP and RSS pressure.

“BMS had campaigned with us for the last two months in support of the bandh called to protest against the proposed changes in various labour laws, but has backed out from the strike under pressure of BJP and RSS,” said Yechury, who was here to attend a function to mark the birth centenary of party leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet.

“The trade unions were forced to call the strike as they did not get any assurance from the BJP-led government at the Centre on their demands,” he said, claiming the strike would have a good impact.

“The impact of the September 2 strike will be good and the Government will have to address our demands as it did in case of the land acquisition bill,” Yechury said.

“We are getting support of various organisations and unions, retail traders’ associations, working class, farmers and students and they will make the bandh a success,” he added.