BJP is shrink­ing free­dom of speech, al­leges Con­gress

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Ma­ha­rash­tra Con­gress holds Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) re­spon­si­ble for not al­low­ing vet­eran ac­tordi­rec­tor Amol Palekar to de­liver his speech at Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern

Art (NGMA) in Mum­bai. Sachin Sawant, Con­gress spokesper­son and party gen­eral sec­re­tary on Sun­day al­leged that RSS-minded dic­ta­tors are dis­al­low­ing free­dom of speech and cre­at­ing pres­sure on lec­tur­ers by us­ing govern­ment ma­chiner­ies. He claimed the na­tion has threat from such in­tol­er­ant party men and sup­port­ers and people have to de­throne them in the elec­tion. Palekar was dis­al­lowed by the mem­bers of NGMA as he was crit­i­cis­ing Min­istry of Cul­ture for its de­ci­sion to dis­solve the com­mit­tee of the NGMA which had power to or­gan­ise an ex­hi­bi­tion of var­i­ous artists. He was in­ter­rupted at sev­eral times by the mem­bers of NGMA. Re­act­ing to this is­sue, Sawant said that the na­tions was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­tol­er­ance dur­ing last five years. “Dis­rup­tion in the speech of Palekar is part of that in­tol­er­ance. It is dis­as­trous to the ide­ol­ogy of democ­racy. People will end such ide­ol­ogy in the polls,” said Sawant. “Balkr­ishna Shivram Munje – one of RSS foundes had met dic­ta­tor Mu­solini and brought such ide­ol­ogy of in­tol­er­ance in In­dia. Gol­walkar (first Sar Sanghcha­lak) was a fol­lower of Adolf Hitler and spread­ing this ide­ol­ogy through

shakhas (branches) of RSS across In­dia,” Sawant al­leged. He fur­ther blamed that RSS fol­lower Naren­dra Modi be­came the Prime Min­is­ter, and now he is us­ing his power to con­trol govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions by shrink­ing free­dom of speech of the people.

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