New Delhi: CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury yesterday accused the BJP of trying to suppress dissent and impose their idea of a "theocratic, fascistic Hindu Rashtra" on the country and asked the government to "stop interfering" in universities which have been set up under central laws.

Sitaram Yechury. Pic/PTI
Sitaram Yechury. Pic/PTI

"Please do not castigate the entire student community and the institutions," and "stop this tirade for advancing your brand of nationalism", he said and termed the government’s "interference" in some universities as "illegal".

Maintaining that all central universities have been set up under central laws, he sought the setting up of a House Panel to examine the latest developments like "interference" by the Centre in them, while referring to letters written by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to the Hyderabad University.