After Lenin and Periyar, Ambedkar's statue vandalised in UP

Statue Vandalism – Tripura, Tamil Nadu and now Bengal, Politics stooped new low

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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.

The government and the BJP on Wednesday rushed to douse the fire over rising incidents of statue vandalisation and post-poll violence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning such incidents and party president Amit Shah warning strong action against cadre. "Incidents of the toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country".

On March 6, a statue of Periyar was defiled in Tirupattur in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu after Raja wrote on Facebook that the rationalist leader's statue would meet the same fate as Lenin's in Tripura.

Tripura's royal family scion Jishnu Debbarma is the BJP nominee for Charilam assembly constituency (reserved for tribals), where election was countermanded following the death of the Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and it would be held on Monday.

The incident was provoked by BJP leader Raja's Facebook post on Tuesday in which he said: "Lenin's statue was broken down in Tripura".

In a series of tweets, Mr Shah asserted that any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action from the party. This is exactly how the makers of our Constitution envisioned our great nation to be.The recent issue on destroying of statues is extremely unfortunate. The Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP sacked Muthuraman from its basic membership.

According to reports, H Raja "expressed regret" for his post and said, "Vandalising Periyar statues unacceptable". "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo".

Later on Tuesday, Mr Roy tweeted, "I am advised that pulling down statues (Lenin's or anyone else's) unless done by lawfully empowered authorities, qualify as "Mischief" under Indian Penal Code".

Thoughts of those who try to create confusion and benefit from it will not succeed, they said.

In Kolkata, members of ultra-Left student outfit "Radical" vandalised and defaced a statue of Jana Sangh founder and ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Keoratola crematorium, police said. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law, the ministry said. "These incidents can never be justified".

"Not just political parties, but the general public is agitating across the state whereas the state government responsible for maintaining law and order remain mute".

But will the central Government set the example and take actions?

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