Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the desecration of 3 statues across India, namely, the bull dozed razing of Lenin's statue in Tripura on Tuesday, the damage of Periyar's statue in Tamil Nadu and the blackening of Syama Prasad Mukherjee's bust in Kolkata. The next day, a statue of E.V. Ramasamy "Periyar", social reformer and founder of Dravidian movement, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district. The BJP worker identified as R Muthuraman was subsequently expelled from the party by BJP TamilNadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan for his role in damaging the Periyar statue.
Modi spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who also expressed his "strong disapproval" of such incidents, directing him to take "stern action" against those involved in such incidents as well as necessary actions to prevent such incidents. Soon after the triumph of the Tripura Election, alleged BJP workers vandalized the statue of Vladimir Lenin, a communist leader. After the Left was voted out of power in the Northeast state after 25 years, an idol of the communist icon was toppled by suspected supporters of the victorious BJP.
On Tuesday, two men vandalised a statue of Periyar in Tirupattur. "Today Lenin's statue removed in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of E V Ramasamy in Tamil Nadu", the post had said.
In what was seen as a retaliatory action, a petrol bomb was thrown at a BJP office in Coimbatore. Two activists of Periyar organisation were arrested. Miscreants used a hammer and a chisel to damage parts of bust. "The BJP will always remain committed to ideals of openness and constructive politics through which we can positively impact people's lives as well as build a New India", Mr Shah tweeted. Senior district officials rushed to the spot and security forces were deployed in large numbers. PM Modi has strongly disapproved of incidents of vandalism reported from Tripura and Tamil Nadu.
Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba had also spoken to the DGP and asked that all steps be taken to maintain law and order, check violence and restore peace and public order. "Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law", the government warned.
The matter echoed in the Rajya Sabha too where Chairman Venkaiah Naidu called the incidents "madness". "Any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action from the party", he said. "People taking down Lenin's statue ... not in Russian Federation, it is in Tripura".
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