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Narendra Modi condemns incidents of statue vandalism, warns of action

Narendra Modi condemns incidents of statue vandalism, warns of action Narendra Modi condemns incidents of statue vandalism, warns of action
Melinda Barton | 09 March, 2018, 17:20

Raja has since distanced himself from the Facebook post which reportedly sparked all the violence and has claimed that it was put up by an admin and not him.

Normally political rivals, the Trinamool and the CPM came together in criticizing the BJP over the demolition of the two Lenin statues.

After handing a defeat to the Left in the state, violence broke out across the state.

IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma said the party has demanded four ministerial berths from the BJP and "we have discussed with Sarma and other leaders accordingly".

This was followed by an attack on a Periyar statue in Vellore district of Tamilnadu. In the Facebook post that was later deleted, Raja had said: "Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India?"

The almost 11-ft tall fibre glass statue, which stood on a pedestal at College Square, was brought down last Monday with the help of a bulldozer. However, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy defended the acts of tearing down the statue; calling Lenin a terrorist and saying in part, "Lenin was a foreigner". He sent out a tweet assuring that both the Tamil Nadu and Tripura units of the party have been told to take strict action against those involved in the vandalism. Attributing lack of jobs in Tripura to remoteness of the state's geographical location and the resulting difficulty in attracting investments and industry, the CPM mouthpiece People's Democracy, said, "Government jobs were the main source of employment".

The duo have been arrested, the police said, adding that while Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist.

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CPI (M) party member Prakash Karat (Centre) with others party workers protesting against Central govt and BJP at Parliament Street Police station in New Delhi.

Commenting on the incident, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said: "Whenever the Left goes out of power they take up such tricks".

"At all levels of the state leadership, right from the area committee, the average age of the members will be brought down", CPI (M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said.