New Delhi: Secretary General of CPI(M) Sitaram Yechury has slammed the right-wing outfits for associating violence with a particular religion. He said that epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are also filled with instances of violence and battles. Speaking at an event in Bhopal on Thursday, Yechury said, “Being a pracharak, you narrate the epics but still claim Hindus can’t be violent? What is the logic behind saying there is a religion which engages in violence and we Hindus don’t.”

Further, Yechury hit out at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for creating a ‘private Army’ in the name of ‘cow slaughter’. Meanwhile, Yechury charged the BJP for fielding “undertrial terror accused” Pragya Thakur as a candidate for the Lok Sabha polls and accused the party of trying to consolidate the Hindutva votebank. The CPI(M) secretary further claimed that the BJP’s fear of being unable to retain 50 percent of its seats has led it to rouse communal passions to get votes.

According to a report, Yechury had charged the BJP and Narendra Modi for disrupting the unity of the country and its solidarity through their alleged campaign of communal polarization. He said the first three phases of the 17th general elections saw the electorate voting in 302 seats out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The ruling BJP has 113 sitting MPs from these constituencies.

“In the next four phases ending on May 19, the electorate will vote for the remaining 241 seats. Of these, the BJP currently has 161 sitting MPs. That is two-thirds of these seats. It is clear that if the BJP is unable to retain these seats, its desire to form the next government simply falls through. This is because in the first three phases, it is universally admitted that the BJP will not be able to retain at least 50 per cent of its sitting seats.

(With agency inputs)