Lenin's statue bulldozed in Tripura, Sitaram Yechury calls for protests

Lenin's statue bulldozed in Tripura, Sitaram Yechury calls for protests

Lenin's statue bulldozed in Tripura, Sitaram Yechury calls for protests

Meanwhile, the post-poll violence in Tripura continued for the fourth day on Tuesday even as the administration, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) urged everyone to maintain peace. "There is no truth in BJP workers engaged in large-scale violence; rather CPI (M) orchestrated violence masquerading as our workers", State BJP vice president Subal Bhowmik said.

Delegates attending the party's ongoing 25th state conference also walked the distance.

The BJP's north-east states" in-charge, Ram Madhav too posted the photo of the statue being demolished and wrote, "People taking down Lenin's statue ... not in Russian Federation, it is in Tripura.

Biplab Kumar Deb is set to become the next chief minister of Tripura following the BJP's strong showing in the recent Assembly election, in which the saffron outfit toppled the Left Front's 25-year rule.

The statue was situated in south Tripura's Belonia town.

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South Tripura SP Ipper Monchak whilst interacting with the media said that the driver of the JCB, Ashish Pal, was arrested in the evening and let off on bail.

By the CPI (M) state secretary Bijan Dhar's estimates, some 514 party workers and supporters were injured in more than 1000 incidents of violence in which 196 houses and 64 party offices were vandalized.

The CPI-M also condemned Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy's remark who tweeted after the demolition of Lenin's statue: "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo".

"For years, there has been resentment against this statue of Lenin. 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. It was built by the municipality and funded by the taxpayers' money.

He alleged that the CPI (M) activists, too, "assaulted" 49 of its party supporters, 17 of whom had to be hospitalised. "The Indian revolutionaries express their deep gratitude and their admiration of the great struggle carried on by Soviet Russia for the liberation of all oppressed classes and peoples, and especially for the liberation of India", said the statement.

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