What connection has India with Communists? I totally condemn vandalizing statues and violence.
On Monday, the statue of communist icon Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov - better known as Lenin - was knocked down in Tripura's Belonia town. Already, Tripura copycat vandalism against a statues/busts of Periyar in Tamil Nadu, Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Kolkata and Ambedkar in Uttar Pradesh have been reported. It also directed the administration to ensure that law and order is maintained, not disrupted. Today, the statue of Lenin in Tripura; tomorrow the statue of caste hater Periyar in Tamil Nadu'. In its advisory MHA said, " MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Police detained about 25 Makkal Kalai Ilakiya Kazhagam members, who conducted a protest outside the south taluk office and tried to burn photographs of Raja. DMK MP T Siva on Wednesday gave adjournment motion notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha on BJP leader H Raja's remark on Periyar and desecration of Periyar statue in Vellore while a horde of DMK workers are protesting against Raja in Saidapet. "By vandalising statues, personalities of people do not end, that is why the BJP needs to introspect within itself", Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.
The act of vandalism, which took place late on Tuesday night, was allegedly inspired by a Facebook post by BJP leader H Raja that celebrated the razing of the Lenin statue in Tripura and called for the razing of Periyar statues in Tamil Nadu. The Home Ministry on its part has issued advisory to all states.
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The statue's head was found dismantled on Wednesday morning in what was yet another incident of vandalism in the country. He stated that there is no need to deploy police for protection of Periyar Statue.
Francis was not a member of the party nor was he connected to it, CPI state unit secretary R Mutharasan said. After police arrested the two men, it was revealed that one of them is a BJP worker and a torrent of condemnation have been flowing in BJP's way ever since. The master strategist, credited by many for the success of BJP in recent assembly elections, also reiterated that debate and discussion strengthens diversity.