Friday, 20 July, 2018

Political slugfest erupts on statues vandalism issue

A group of protesters belonging to CPI burns an effigy of BJP national secretary H. Raja at Valluvar Kottam on Thursday Breaking His Silence, PM Modi Condemns Post-Poll Violence by BJP Supporters
Kenny Thornton | 09 March, 2018, 17:20

However, leaders of the opposition Left parties would not join the programme in protest against post-poll violence in the state, said Dhar, also CPM state secretary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday strongly condemned the incidents of statue vandalism in Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata where sculptures of Lenin, Periyar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee were targeted.

"All statues are to be protected", said Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Indira Banerjee, hearing a PIL filed by advocate Surya Prakasam.

As for the two men who vandalised the periyar statue, police confirmed that they were arrested immediately after the incident.

The statue of Communist icon Lenin, the Russian revolutionary who had led the fight against the fascist regime in Europe, was vandalized in Belonia town on Monday by BJP workers. The district administration pacified the protesters by assuring them that it would soon install a new statue of the Dalit icon. The CPM was reduced to 16, while the BJP-IPFT alliance won 43 seats in the 60 member Tripura assembly. What connection India has with Communists?

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"The DMs and the SPs will be personally held responsible for any such incidents of vandalism of statues", a Home Ministry official said, quoting the second advisory. Today, the statue of Lenin in Tripura; tomorrow the statue of caste hater Periyar in Tamil Nadu'.

The duo have been arrested, the police said, adding that while Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders are in attendance at the Assam Rifles Ground in Agartala for the formation of a BJP-led government in the state. As the column points out, Lenin was very critical of the British when they ruled India stating that Indians were rising up against their colonizers stating in part, "There is no end to the acts of violence and plunder which goes under the name of the British system of government in India".

"I appeal to everyone, all parties, that anyone indulging in such acts should be dealt with strictly".

"At all levels of the state leadership, right from the area committee, the average age of the members will be brought down", CPI (M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said.

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