New Delhi | The CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has said JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar will campaign for the Left in coming assembly elections in five states but will not be able to travel to West Bengal and Kerala for electoral promotional activities given the Delhi court order.
Speaking on a wide range of issues on India Today TV’s ‘To the Point’ program, Yechury refuted allegations that Kanhaiya is being exploited by Left parties by planning to rope in him for campaigning in the poll-bound states. “There is no way of his traveling around Kerala and West Bengal. He is going to remain here. And what he says, Kerala is watching, Bengal is watching,” he said.
Yechury took a jibe at the government saying Kumar turning into a hero and icon is the only illustration of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ programme that he made Kanhaiya an icon in India. “Why he is becoming an icon and a hero?. An innocent boy, pursuing his study, doing his PhD, you get after him saying he is anti-national. And you say it is a crime. If it is a sedition charge, remember a bail is impossible. A bail so soon is impossible,” Yechury said and described the JNUSU president as a very endearing person. He exuded confidence that the LDF led by CPI(M) will return to power in Kerala.
The Rajya Sabha member ruled out formal alliance or front with Congress in West Bengal but maintained his party has appealed to all democratic forces willing to oust TMC government in the state to come together. Yechury described as Machiavellian interpretation Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that Kanhaiya’s speech, delivered following his release on bail, was a victory for government as those who had gone to jail for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans came back to speak amid slogans of ‘Jai Hind’.
The CPI(M) leader lauded Rahul Gandhi for his speech that rattled Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the battle of speeches in Parliament last week, and said the Congress leader’s remarks were the best intervention by him. Yechury wondered if shouting Pakistan zindabad slogan is anti-national in India which wants good relationship with Pakistan.
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