Both Modi, Mamata doing communal politics: Kanhaiya Kumar

Kolkata: All India Students’ Federation (AISF) leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of doing communal politics and vowed to fight against anybody acting against the country’s Constitution and democracy.

“It is true that Modi is destroying the democracy and tarnishing the democratic institutions and everyone should unite against him, but it is also true that what Modi is doing to the country sitting in Delhi, Didi (Mamata) is doing the same sitting in Kolkata,” Kumar said on the Communist Party of India’s Foundation Day here.

“There is a conspiracy to divide India again. Our main aim should be to protect the democracy. If anybody tries to establish an autocratic rule and destroy democracy, we will fight both Modi and Didi in the same manner,” he claimed.

Describing Bengal as a “multi-cultural state”, the former president of JNU Students’ Union claimed that communal forces would always try to destroy the social fabric of Bengal to establish their brand of divisive politics.

“Why is Didi trying to establish herself as the biggest sympathiser of the Muslims living in Bengal, while Modi is projecting himself as the biggest protector of Hindus? The Indian Constitution does not differentiate between Hindus and Muslims. That is why the people and parties that practise communal politics wants to destroy the Constitution,” he claimed.

He urged the people of Bengal to see through the hypocrisy of certain political parties and fight the real issues like unemployment, poverty, woman’s safety.

“If some people call themselves ‘protectors of Hindus’ and some others call themselves as ‘Muslim protectors’, remember both are equally dangerous because in India it is not Hindus or Muslims but humans and humanity…Constitution is in danger,” the student leader said.

“We do not need religious extremism but employment. The youth of Bengal demands jobs, they want progress while protecting the tradition,” he pointed out.

Claiming that the saffron outfit’s proposed “Rath Yatra” in Bengal is not for Lord Ram but to promote the ideologies of RSS activist Nathuram Godse, who killed Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Kumar said the BJP government has taken the country backwards by 500 years in certain aspects.