Amid chants of Bharat Mata ki jai, Lenin’s statue razed to the ground by BJP workers in Belonia Tripura, CPIM says, its Communism Phobia
The Hush Post: Hours after Bharatiya Janta Party came to power, Vladimir Lenin’s statue was brought down and then destroyed allegedly by the BJP workers of Tripura.
The incident took place in Belonia town in South Tripura, where statue of Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov stood in the middle of a square inside a college.
The incident took place at about 2.00 pm on Monday after the assembly results were declared. As the supporters dragged the statue with an earthmover, they screamed Bharat Mata ki jai.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) has called the incident an example of Communism phobia which lost rule after 25-year long rule.
“Eyewitnesses told me that after the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. And then, the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head,’’ claimed Tapas Datta, CPI(M)’s Belonia sub-division secretary.
Meanwhile, the driver of the earthmover, Ashish Pal, has been arrested as per the SP Ipper Monchak. However, he was let off on bail later.
The statue was sculpted by Krishna Debnath at a total cost of Rs 3 lakh and installed in 2013 after CPIM won the assembly elections.
Clarifying BJP’ stand, south district secretary Raju Nath, said the statue fell because of an “overflow of anger.” CPIM, on the other hand, has squarely blamed him for razing the statue to the ground.
“For years, there has been resentment against this statue of Lenin. It was built by the municipality and funded by the taxpayers’ money. Why should the taxpayer have to finance a statue of Lenin? Even if it was a statue of our former CPI(M) chief minister Nripen Chakraborty, nobody would have touched it, he was one of us and belonged to the country. But what does this foreigner Lenin have to do with our people?’’ Nath said.
The state secretary Bijan Dhar of CPI(M) has alleged that the incident was to target his party after the BJP-IPFT alliance came to power.
“Our party workers and supporters are being attacked physically, leaders are being threatened, our offices are being occupied, vandalised and set on fire… as are the homes of many of our workers. The bringing down of the statue is nothing but Communism phobia,’’ Dhar said.