Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Left-BJP blame game continues, Lenin statue bulldozed in Tripura

Targeting youth tribes in North East helped BJP win Deodhar Two days after BJP's win, Lenin statue in Tripura's Belonia brought down by crowd
Ebony Burgess | 07 March, 2018, 00:27

Narendra Modi's nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured the state of Tripura, ending 25 years of Communist government, but the outcome has sparked violence since the results were declared at the weekend.

"We are getting huge number of reports from different districts on Tuesday about BJP and IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura) workers attacking CPI-M members and supporters and demolishing their assets", Das added.

"While we are naturally delighted about the historic victory in Tripura, we will always have in our thoughts and prayers the BJP Karyakartas who lost their lives due to mindless Communist violence".

"People of the area wanted to erect statues of national heroes like Swami Vivekananda, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and Mother Teresa instead of Lenin since long".

Reacting the development, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury told ANI, "The violence in Tripura makes the intention of the BJP and the RSS very clear".

Statue of Vladimir Lenin brought down at Belonia College Square in Tripura.

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South Tripura SP Ipper Monchak said the JCB driver, Ashish Pal, was held by police on Monday evening and was left off on bail.

He even went to the length of saying that he later made another tweet in which he stated pulling down of Lenin's statue was an offence for which there are penal provisions.

According to a report in India Today, Deb and Burman were unanimously elected to head the government in a meeting of BJP and IPFT MLAs in Agartala on Tuesday.

BJP south district secretary Raju Nath, who has been blamed by the CPI (M) of having planned the incident, said the statute fell because of an "overflow of anger". The statue was later removed from the spot and was handed over to the municipality. "The Indian revolutionaries express their deep gratitude and their admiration of the great struggle carried on by Soviet Russia for the liberation of all oppressed classes and peoples, and especially for the liberation of India", said the statement.

Senior CPI leader D Raja said while one party may win and another party lose an election, it did not mean either could indulge in vandalism. While some social media users alleged that more people across the world died due to communism, others have lamented that "this is what happens when a far-right government comes to power".

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