Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

BJP's Raja invites ire of TN parties for social media post

BJP's Raja invites ire of TN parties for social media post

On Monday, even a statue of communist icon and leader, Vladimir Lenin was bulldozed by BJP supporters in a celebration of victory. The CPI-M got 16 seats while the Left Front partners - Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party - besides once main opposition Congress drew blank.

MDMK leader Vaiko challenged Raja to try and remove Periyar's statue.

Now the government at the centre taking the matter into consideration taking an action against the people involved in the act. Congress spokesperson Khushbu Sundar said even Raja's shadow can not touch Periyar's statue. "We Tamilians will protect it.I feel that this issue is just to divert attention from Cauvery issue (formation of Cauvery management board)", he said. He said it came at a time when there were strong demands in the state urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board (CMB), as per Supreme Court guidelines.

Asked if the BJP will take action against Raja, Shah told reporters outside Parliament, "No, we will not".

Police in Uttar Pradesh said on Wednesday that the Ambedkar's statue was demolished in the state's Mawana adding that a case had been filed against unknown people.

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This forced Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene and ask Tripura Governor and the DGP to ensure peace till a new government is formed. The BJP president has clearly said that those found from BJP indulging in any violent act will be severely dealt with and face strict action.

The statue of Periyar, located inside the Tirupattur corporation office in Vellore, was targeted.

Periyar was a famous social reformer, who had launched the Self-Respect Movement and founded one of the first Dravidian political outfits, Dravidar Kazhagam.

A Facebook post, which has since been deleted, by senior Tamil Nadu party leader H Raja talked about Periyar statues meeting the same fate as that of Lenin in Tripura.

Apart from Modi, a host of Central ministers and leaders and Chief Ministers of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states would attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Council of Ministers. But as soon as the government was toppled by BJP and alliance, the vandalism started; alleged the Communist party members. Police on Tuesday said that Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker and Francis was believed to be a CPI activist.

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