Violence in Tripura continues after vandalisation of Lenin's statue
Mar 09, 2018, 03:40
In his petition, advocate Suryaprakasam submitted that Raja's irresponsible speech has instigated violence in the state resulting in attack on a Periyarstatue by BJP cadres in Tirupathur and sacred threads of 15 persons were cut by miscreants in Chennai.
"The prime minister spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh in this regard and expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents".
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, Shah distanced the BJP from the vandalism after a few party leaders appeared to be endorsing the attacks on the statues, and said his organisation believes that a wide range of ideas and ideologies can co-exist in India. The incident came hours after BJP leader H Raja suggested it in his Facebook post responding to anger over a statue of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin being pulled down in Tripura. Panneerselvam, who is also the AIADMK coordinator, described Raja's claim that his comment on a social media post were uploaded by his administrator as "ridiculous and unacceptable".
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"Amitbhai told me that as long as the BJP government is in power in India, no BJP national leader would have to be afraid of their security".
"If anyone wanted to do so, let them touch the statues and the DMK, which upholds the Dravidian ideals of Periyar, will show who they are", he said in a letter to partymen. Vandalism of Syama Prasad Mookerjee's statue in Kolkata, BR Ambedkar's statue in Meerut and EV Ramaswamy's statue in Tamil Nadu.
"One man is a BJP member and another CPI worker, both drunk", the police said. Dravidam, he said, was imposed on Tamils and Dravida Nadu comprised people living in States where Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Tulu and Malayalam were spoken.
President of Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM), actor Kamal Haasan, said he wondered if the ongoing controversy was aimed at diverting attention from the Cauvery issue.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has managed to extend its dominance in the north eastern states after the BJP-led alliance managed to win the assembly elections in Tripura as well as Nagaland.
BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan today said only her opinion should be considered as the official statement of the party in Tamilnadu. Two activists of Periyar organisation were arrested.
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