Swamy Defends Pulling Down of 'Terrorist' Lenin's Statue in Tripura

Swamy Defends Pulling Down of 'Terrorist' Lenin's Statue in Tripura

But as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took charge of the state's administration after winning a landslide victory in the recently held state assembly elections, supporters drove in an excavator and reduced the statue to rubble.

On Tuesday, the legacy of the Soviet leader in India received a disturbing jolt when a statue of his in Belonia town of Tripura was brought down by an enthusiastic crowd of BJP supporters amid cries of "Bharat mata ki jai". And then, the BJP workers played football with Lenin's head, " claimed Tapas Datta, CPI (M)'s Belonia sub-division secretary.

Responding to a query, state BJP leader Tamizhisai Soundararajan said it can be the views of Raja and not that of the party.

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The party top brass including Yechury and Politburo members Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat and Surjya Kanta Mishra led a rally in Kolkata, which ended in front of a statue of Lenin at Dharmatalla in the heart of the city. The BJP decimated the CPI-M in Tripura - one of the last remaining Left bastions, ousting the party from power after 25 long years.

South Tripura superintendent of police Ipper Monchak said the driver of the earthmover, Ashish Pal, was arrested in the evening and let off on bail. It was built by the municipality and funded by the taxpayers' money.

Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament, Swamy also suggested communist leaders to install Lenin's statue inside their party headquarters and "worship" him, if they want.

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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.

Meanwhile, the BJP claimed that CPI (M) workers have beaten up 49 of its supporters out of which 17 had to be hospitalised. The statue would be handed over to the authorities of Belonia Municipal Corporation today, the SP said. "Similarly, such an incident would be a result of discontent of common people", Deb said.

He said that around 535 party offices and CPI-M's frontal organisational offices were attacked, forcibly captured and set on fire across Tripura.

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More than 300 people among 514 attacked after the results were declared on March 3 were undergoing treatment, he added.

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