- Ram Madhav has claimed that communist icon Lenin’s statue was not vandalized in the state
- Madhav compared the incident to a person detaching a photograph that he or she does not like anymore
- The incident took place after the BJP won assembly elections in Tripura
Amid politicized discussions about sporadic violence in Tripura hasn’t ended yet, recently the Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Ram Madhav has claimed that communist icon Lenin’s statue was not vandalised in the state.
Madhav, who made the remark in an interview, said the party should have underplayed the incident. “The statue was put up by private individuals,” he added. “They decided to remove it. They got a JCB machine to do it. If you see the picture too, it was pulled down, not vandalised. There is no complaint, no FIR.”
Moreover, Madhav compared the whole incident to a person detaching a photograph that he or she does not like anymore. The real vandalism, he claimed, happened elsewhere, and added that the BJP “shall not support or sponsor vandalism of any sort”.
After a statue of communist icon Lenin, in Tripura was brought down by suspected BJP supporters several statues were vandalised elsewhere in the country. Another suspected BJP worker defaced a statue of social reformer Periyar in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore town the next day. Seven people were arrested in Kolkata on March 7 for damaging and defacing the bust of Jana Sangh leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
However, the BJP’s spokesperson in the state, Mrinal Kanti Deb has rejected the charges against its leaders and workers. He alleged it was a conspiracy by the CPI(M) to disturb the law and order of the state.
The violent incident took place a day after the BJP won assembly elections in Tripura, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) blamed it of unleashing concerted violence against its workers and vandalizing its offices. In a memorandum submitted to PM Modi, the CPI(M) alleged that 514 of its workers had been injured, with more than 1,500 homes attacked purportedly by BJP supporters. In addition, it claimed 350 of its offices had been ransacked or captured by the newly elected party.