After Lenin's in Tripura, Periyar's statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu

Clay Curtis
March 8, 2018

How is he connected to India? "Lenin's statue was broken down in Tripura".

On Wednesday, a bust of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised in south Kolkata by seven people.

"We arrested a person who was driving the bulldozer that toppled the statue", Tripura police spokesman Pradip De told AFP.

On Wednesday, Modi "strongly condemned" the vandalism of statues in many states triggered by razing of Communist hero Lenin's statue in Tripura on Monday, an act condoned by BJP leaders followed by a similar incident in Tamil Nadu. In a series of tweets, Shah distanced the BJP from the vandalism after a few party leaders appeared to endorse the incidents, and said his organisation believes a wide range of ideas and ideologies can co-exist in India. The second advisory asked the states to take all possible measures to ensure that no such incident recurs. The Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP sacked Muthuraman from its basic membership.

This comes after incidents of statues being brought down allegedly by BJP workers in Tripura and Tamil Nadu. He also said that the post was published by one of his Facebook page's admins without his permission.

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"Their hard work and aggressive voter contact drove Democratic voters across the state to turn out in unprecedented numbers". The races lifted women candidates in a state that only has three women serving in its 38-member congressional delegation.

Police security has been beefed up for BJP offices and for Periyar statues.

Meanwhile, BJP workers continue to target CPI (M) cadres in Tripura.

Now the government at the centre taking the matter into consideration taking an action against the people involved in the act. Several BJP leaders including the Tripura governor, Tathagata Roy and the party's north-east in-charge, Ram Madhav, had expressed joy on the demolition of Lenin's statue.

Pointing out at the widespread protests and the public outcry against Raja's comments, Stalin said "none even in their dreams will now think of removing statues of Periyar". "We Tamilians will protect it.I feel that this issue is just to divert attention from Cauvery issue (formation of Cauvery management board)", he said.

The statue of Periyar located at a municipal corporation office in Tirupattur town of Vellore district was targeted by 2 men around 9 PM, as a result of which the glasses and the nose of the statue were damaged. Periyar was a politician as well as a social activist who is popular for initiating the Self-Respect Movement. Of course, BJP condemned this barbaric act, but they forgot that vandalizing anything is against the law.

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