With Kerala reeling under the Sabarimala row, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has demanded to know why the Centre was not applying the yardstick of equal treatment of women it used on the triple talaq issue to the Sabarimala row, and blamed the BJP for whipping up communal passions for electoral gains.
The top Marxist party leader said roughing up of women journalists and the stir led by groups wearing saffron headbands at Sabarimala indicated a pattern seen during the demolition of Babri Masjid (1992) and blamed the RSS for it.
Women journalists forming part of television crew were roughed up and “it is exactly the pattern, which is also very similar at the time of Babri Masjid demolition…you have the heads of volunteers wearing saffron bands (leading protests),” Yechury said.
Such scenarios unfolded during the Babri protests and a “similar thing is done here; it is an organised thing that the RSS is doing and that will be fought,” he said.
Accusing BJP of playing a “worst form of vote bank politics,” he said “they are seeking the consolidation of Hindutva communal vote bank at the expense of destroying our social harmony, unity and integrity of our country and this is very dangerous.”
He accused the BJP and Congress in Kerala of “duplicity” on Sabarimala issue, adding that both parties reversed their stand after initially welcoming the verdict.