Rajnath asks States to prevent incidents of toppling statues & vandalism

Narendra Modi played the Hindutva card several times during his Gujarat campaign. Credit PTI

Narendra Modi. Credit PTI

The government release further added that taking "serious note of incidents of vandalism", the home ministry has asked state governments to take "all necessary measures", to prevent such incidents.

Official sources here said that the prime minister has strongly disapproved incidents of vandalism reported from certain parts of the country.

A statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was razed to the ground by a bulldozer in Tripura on Tuesday, soon after the BJP secured a historic win in the state, ending the 25-year Left rule.

BJP's Tripura Pradesh Vice President Subal Bhowmik said that Amit Shah, BJP's National General Secretary Ram Madhav, General Secretary (Organisation) Ajay Jamwal and Assam minister and Tripura election-in-charge Himanta Biswa Sarma, among other leaders, "held a series of meetings with the state leaders to select the ministers, assembly Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other important functionaries".

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam today hit out at BJP leader H Raja for his comment against Periyar statues which triggered a row in Tamil Nadu. H Raja had indicated that statues of the rationalist leader could be the next to be pulled down after a statue of Communist icon Lenin was razed by suspected BJP workers in Tripura.

"The hearts of Tamil Nadu people are wounded and the hearts of people adoring Periyar are broken", (by Rajas comment), the party said.

On Tuesday, two men vandalised a statue of Periyar in Tirupattur.

Former Ministers of the DMK have condemned the "vile designs" of the BJP to get a foothold in Tamil Nadu through its "divisive political strategy" and claimed that it would not work in the soil of self respect sown by Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V. Ramasamy. "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo. Trying to blow them up to something like rioting or murder is unwarranted".

On Wednesday morning, a bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Jadavpur University in Kolkata was vandalised with the face painted black, after which 6 people were detained. Six members of the group were arrested amid condemnation from the state government. "These incidents can never be justified".

In an advisory to all states and union territories, the Home Ministry said incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. It also asked that all DMs and SPs be directed to maintain strict vigil on anti-social elements, social media and rumour-mongers and immediately take action against those indulging in acts of violence or inciting violence.

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