Two days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dethroned the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from Tripura; a Vladimir Lenin statue has been toppled in the state’s Belonia town by BJP workers and supporters. The statue’s vandalism was part of large-scale violence reported from Tripura, as CPM offices in different parts of the state were defaced.
Tripura BJP workers and supporters bulldoze Lenin statue amid cries of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’
Statue Of Lenin Destroyed With Chants Of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” In Tripura. What Was This Russian Terrorist’s Statue Doing On Pious Land Of India? To Fuel Red Terror? Good Riddance. Burnol Moment For Jihadi Commies & Leftist Libtards.
Statue Of Lenin Destroyed With Chants Of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" In #Tripura. What Was This Russian Terrorist's Statue Doing On Pious Land Of India? To Fuel Red Terror? Good Riddance. Burnol Moment For Jihadi Commies & Leftist Libtards. ????#Leninpic.twitter.com/Mm8sIMhbI9
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A report said, the Lenin’s statue had stood in Belonia’s College Square for the last five years before it was brought down by BJP workers on Monday afternoon, to the cries of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. The CPM has decried the violence and termed it “Communism phobia”. “Eyewitnesses told that after the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. And then, the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head,” Tapas Datta, CPM’s Belonia sub-division secretary, was quoted as saying in the report.
BJP national secretary Ram Madhav tweeted out a post saying people are taking down Lenin’s statue and used the party’s slogan for the Tripura elections, ‘Chalo Paltai’ with it. However, he later deleted it.
PIC 1 Lenin Statue brought down after collapse of Soviet Union PIC 2: Lenin Statue brought down in UKRAINE PIC 3: Lenin Statue brought down in Tripura How Communism has died all over the world
#Lenin PIC 1 Lenin Statue brought down after collapse of Soviet Union
PIC 2 : Lenin Statue brought down in UKRAINE
PIC 3 : Lenin Statue brought down in Tripura
How Communism has died all over the world pic.twitter.com/9MoXzQtsGs
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According to CPI (M)’s Datta, the 11.5-ft fibre-glass statue was sculpted by local artist Krishna Debnath at a cost of Rs 3 lakh. It was installed as the party began its 21st year of rule, after winning the 2013 assembly elections. BJP south district secretary Raju Nath, who has been blamed by the CPI (M) of having planned the incident, said the statute fell because of an “overflow of anger”.
“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?’’ said Nath.
CPI (M) state secretary Bijan Dhar alleged that the incident was the latest in a string of attacks targeting his party after the BJP-IPFT alliance came to power.
Tripura had been ruled by the CPM for four straight terms before the BJP stunned the Left Front alliance, winning 35 out of the state’s 59 seats that went to Assembly polls, while ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) won eight.
Outgoing deputy speaker of state Assembly Pabitra Kar, Power Minister Manik Dey, Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma and Forest Minister Naresh Jamatia all suffered defeats from their respective constituencies.
Wind Of Change !! Statue of Lenin being destroyed at Belonia in South Tripura. But, Why do we need a Lenin in India? He is the founder of Totalitarian regime & responsible for worst kind of mass killings. He is the main ideological source of Left-Wing Terrorism across the globe.
Wind Of Change !! Statue of #Lenin being destroyed at Belonia in South Tripura. But, Why do we need a Lenin in India? He is the founder of Totalitarian regime & responsible for worst kind of mass killings. He is the main ideological source of Left-Wing Terrorism across the globe. pic.twitter.com/fpDMbvzNGc
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