A BJP-led coalition defeated the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the polls, winning 43 of the 59 seats in a remarkable first victory for the party in the state.
Tathagata Roy, Tripura’s governor and Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP have excused the act of hoodlums who razed a statue of the Communist revolutionary leader Lenin yesterday.
Ram Madhav, senior BJP leader also tweeted his approval of this act of this pettiness, but later deleted his tweet.
A bunch of men with a bulldozer in tow, razed a statue of Lenin illegally in a public square in Tripura’s Belonia, a video released by ANI showed. The video shows a crowd of people shouting “Bharat mata ki jai” and, many wearing saffron shirts, using a bulldozer to upend the statue from its pedestal.
BJP MP Swamy said, “Lenin is a foreigner and in a way, a terrorist, there shouldn’t be a statue of this sort of person in our country? They are welcome to put that statue inside the Communist Party headquarters and worship it if they so wish.”
In a tweet that he later deleted, Madhav said: “People taking down Lenin’s statue…not in Russia; it is in Tripura. ‘Chalo Paltai’ “, which is Bengali for ‘Let’s Change’.
A JD (U) MP – whose party had divided allegiances in the elections in the three north-eastern states – expressed his displeasure of the razing of Lenin’s statue.
“This is wrong. People of this nation believe in different ideologies. It is true that Lenin’s statues were demolished after end of ruling in Russia. But India is not Russia, all ideologies should be supported here. Lenin brought huge revolution in 1917 for poor,” said JD (U) MP Harivansh.
Ipper Monchak, the chief of police of South Tripura said the driver of the excavator had been arrested but later released on bail.