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Left parties condemn violence in Tripura

Left parties condemn violence in Tripuraā€¯

Chennai: On a day when actor Rajinikanth condemned the comments made by BJP National secretary H Raja on Periyar statue, the former Karaikudi MLA triggered a fresh controversy by saying that Dravidanism was forced up on Tamils to destroy the language.

As vandalism of statues of political leaders trigger protests in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday expressed condemnation and warned of action against the culprits.

Apparently, after his tweet, a Periyar's statue was damaged in Vellore in Tamil Nadu. What is the connection of communists to India?

IPFT president NC Debbarma said the party would get two berths in the new cabinet which was decided at a meeting with BJP leader and the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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But following an angry backlash from the people of Tamil Nadu he reportedly deleted that post from his wall.

According to police sources here, some miscreants damaged a portion of the statue at Mawana Khurd village late on Tuesday night. BJP's supporters recently brought down a statue of Lenin in Tripura creating much uproar. Vandalism of Syama Prasad Mookerjee's statue in Kolkata, BR Ambedkar's statue in Meerut and EV Ramaswamy's statue in Tamil Nadu. "We are followers of Periyar", they said. Police are investigating the case.

The message that was posted and later removed said: "Who is Lenin?".

"If anyone wanted to do so, let them touch the statues and the DMK, which upholds the Dravidian ideals of Periyar, will show who they are", he said in a letter to partymen.

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Communist parties held rallies in cities like Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram against the targeting of Lenin's statues in Tripura. "These incidents can never be justified", Singh told reporters outside Parliament. Members from AIADMK and AAP were in the Well, holding photos of Periyar and raising slogans condemning the vandalism in Vellore. He called upon the BJP leader to apologise and stop making such statements.

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan today said only her opinion should be considered as the official statement of the party in Tamilnadu.

These fresh incidents came in the wake of the pulling down of two statues of Lenin by miscreants in Tripura within 48 hours of BJP winning the Left bastion.

Meanwhile, the CPI said Francis is not a party activist. The police told TNM that Francis was a member of the CPI.

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