In what seems like saffron assertion in a former communist stronghold, another statue of the Left Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was razed to the ground today in South Tripura.
The second incident of a Lenin statue brought down came to light at the Sabroom Motor Stand in Tripura just days after another similar statue was bulldozed by a mob in the state’s Belonia town. In Belonia, supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ when the statue was razed to the ground.
A day after the BJP usurped the communist government in Tripura, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) accused the BJP of vandalising CPM offices in various parts of Tripura including that in Sabroom.
Ram Madhav, the BJP national secretary, today said that the Lenin statue in Belonia was erected by private parties and not by the municipality or the government.
Tripura’s Governor Tathagata Roy took to Twitter and said that pulling down statues, unless done by lawfully empowered authorities, are considered ‘mischief’ under the Indian Penal Code which is a bailable and non-cognizable offence.
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. They are bailable and non-cognizable offences. Trying to blow them up to something like rioting or murder is unwarranted
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) March 6, 2018
On Monday, the CPI(M) alleged that the supporters and activists of the BJP-Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance that won a two-third majority in the recently concluded Tripura Assembly elections were terrorising its workers and burning party offices since the announcement of poll results on March 3.
Attacks in #Tripura are now being coordinated in a centralized way by BJP-IPFT leadership. Left got 45% vote. BJP-IPFT wants to use their newly acquired power to smash that support base thru physical attacks, torching of offices, intimidation & bullying.#StandByTripuraLeft pic.twitter.com/dcXq1l2ow0
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) March 6, 2018
CPI(M) office secretary Haripada Das on Monday said that over 240 people were injured in attacks on party offices, offices of Left trade unions and homes of prominent leaders in 48 hours.
Ram Madhav was quick to dismiss the allegations on the saffron party calling it “false propaganda”.
“Communists indulging in false propaganda about violence in Tripura. Not a single CPM leader is injured or in hospital. [On the] contrary, several BJP leaders [are] in hospital with injuries,” Madhav tweeted.
Members of the Politburo today marched in Kolkata against the alleged violence launched by the BJP-IPFT alliance against communist workers in Tripura.