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India pulls down Lenin statue in Tripura

India pulls down Lenin statue in Tripura India pulls down Lenin statue in Tripura
| 07 March, 2018, 00:26

The BJP demolished the Left citadel in Tripura on Saturday, winning a two-thirds majority with ally IPFT, and ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPM-led rule in the state.

"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".

Incidents of violence and damage to private and public property were reported across Tripura in the 48 hours after the BJP ended 25 years of communist rule.

A five-foot high fibre glass statue of Lenin was toppled at Belonia yesterday, while a smaller figure was razed at Sabroom two days ago, district superintendent of police Monchak Ipper said.

The CPI (M) in a tweet on Tuesday alleged that the attacks in Tripura were being coordinated in a centralised way by BJP-IPFT leadership.

After the BJP Legislature Party unanimously elected Deb as its leader, the BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura combine staked claim to form the government before governor Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. It was built by the municipality and funded by the taxpayers' money.


A local BJP leader Raju Nath denied that the excavator was hired by his party and told the newspaper that the statue fell because of an "overflow of anger". "Today it is Lenin's statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EVR Ramasamy", he posted in Tamil on his Twitter account.

He further added, "Even if it was a statue of our former CPI (M) chief minister Nripen Chakraborty, nobody would have touched it - he was one of us and belonged to the country".

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.

West Tripura district police chief Abhijit Saptarshi said police have arrested some people in Mandai in western Tripura for indulging in violence.

The CPM has accused the BJP of large-scale violence against its cadre, saying there had been 1,500 incidents of attacks on CPM party offices, in which 514 party leaders and supporters were injured.

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