New Delhi: Condemning the vandalism at a Kolkata college and destruction of Bengali polymath Vidyasagar’s bust during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday, the Congress on Wednesday said “federal fascism” was embedded in the BJP’s DNA. Addressing the media here, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal and spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “Federal fascism is embedded in the BJP’s DNA. The power hungry (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (Amit) Shah are hell bent in bulldozing the cultural identity of Indian states.
“Congress strongly condemns the violent desecration of national icons like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, the great educationist,” he said adding that this was symptomatic of a bigger issue. “Under Modi-Shah, mobocracy is being actively encouraged and abetted by the ruling party. And we have seen repeated examples of this in the last five years. We have seen irreversible damage to the cultural identities of the state it has been doing,” he said.
Singhvi’s remarks came a day after clashes broke out between members of the Trinamool Congress students’ union and BJP supporters who participated in Shah’s massive roadshow in north Kolkata on Tuesday evening, following which a group of saffron party activists allegedly resorted to vandalism inside the Vidyasagar College campus and destroyed a bust of Vidyasagar. Slamming the ruling BJP at the Centre, Singhvi said that the government has been specializing in negative politics of destruction, demolition and desecration. (IANS)
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