Following the strong condemnation by BJP bigwigs and a massive political backlash in Tamil Nadu, state party leader H. Raja expressed heartfelt regrets over his Facebook post suggesting removal of the statue of Dravidian icon Periyar E.V. Ramasamy.
Two petrol bombs were hurled outside the BJP office in Coimbatore on Wednesday morning.
Trinamul leader Derek O'Brien charged that the ruling party workers "may next break statues of other iconic leaders".
The BJP expelled a local functionary in Vellore district for damaging Periyar's statue in Tiruppattur on Tuesday night.
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"Incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country". Both parties condemned BJP leaders who "endorsed" vandalism.
Centre takes a stern view on vandalising of statues in different parts of the country; PM says guilty will not be spared; Home Ministry issues advisories to state govt's seeking a crackdown; also appeals to political parties to stop their activists from committing such crimes.
Those who speak scandalously about Periyar should be the ones given security because they'll need it. H Raja should be arrested immediately for creating hatred among communities. After realising the repercussion of his post, Mr Raja asserted, "We should contest ideas with ideas, not with violence". My intention was not to hurt anyone.
Meanwhile, an act of vandalism was reported in the state as in Belonia town of Tripura a crowd toppled the statue of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin. "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo". Ignorance of the Law is dangerous!"He also tweeted saying: "I am advised that pulling down statues (Lenin's or anyone else's) unless done by lawfully empowered authorities, qualify as "Mischief" under Indian Penal Code. Trying to blow them up to something like rioting or murder is unwarranted". Six people have been arrested in Kolkata for defacing the bust of the Jana Sangh Founder. He didn't clarify whether Mr. Singh spoke to him on the phone. "These incidents can never be justified". The second advisory asked the states to take all possible measures to ensure that no such incident recurs.
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It also asked the states to "make District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) personally responsible for ensuring that the law and order situation remains firmly under control" in their jurisdiction.
But will the central Government set the example and take actions?
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