Threat of violence is RSS' only weapon: Yechury

New Delhi: CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday accused the RSS of trying to impose its "regressive ideas" on the country.

The Marxist leader also trashed Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju for saying that leftists celebrate when Indian soldiers die. 

"Who celebrated after (Mahatma) Gandhi was killed!" tweeted Yechury.

He then quoted then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as telling then RSS chief M.S. Golwalkar: "RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji's death."

Yechury's comments came after the RSS-affiliated ABVP first forced the cancellation of a seminar at Ramjas College and was then accused of attacking students, lecturers and journalists in Delhi University.

"Ministers have to work under their constitutional oath to ensure rule of law; currently, they back those who threaten and bully a 20-year-old," the CPI-M leader said, referring to Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur.

"Sangh Parivar has no strength of conviction in its reasoning, the threat of violence is its only weapon against ideas," Yechury added.

"They (RSS) want to impose all their regressive ideas on what you wear, eat, see, do, or the way you live."