PM Modi condemns vandalism of statues in West Bengal, Tripura, Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Tamilisai Soundararajan expelled R Muthuraman, party functionary, on Wednesday.

H Raja wrote on his Facebook that the statue of Periyar would meet the same fate as Lenin's, which was allegedly vandalized by the BJP supporters in Tripura after the party won assembly elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and three chief ministers of BJP-ruled states in the northeastern region would be present at the swearing-in ceremony, state BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb said. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had been in power in the state of Tripura for over 25 years before losing it, owing to an anti-incumbency amongst the people of Tripura and BJP's proven marketing strategy.

Problems began after Raja made a Facebook post which said that statues of Periyar could be the next to be pulled down after a Lenin statue was razed in Tripura.

"Today it was Lenin's statue in Tripura".

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However, facing flak from political parties in the state, the BJP leader later deleted the post and blamed his social media administrator for the lapse.

A Ministry of Home Affairs statement said the ministry has taken serious note of such incidents and asked the concerned states to deal sternly with persons responsible for the acts and book them under relevant provisions of law.

The statue of Periyar, located inside the Tirupattur corporation office in Vellore, was targeted. He sent out a tweet assuring that both the Tamil Nadu and Tripura units of the party have been told to take strict action against those involved in the vandalism. Condemning Raja's comment, Palaniswami, the AIADMK co-coordinator, said "Periyar is Tamil Nadu's treasure". "We demand very strong action against culprits", said Sayantan Basu, West Bengal BJP's General Secretary.

According to police sources here, some miscreants damaged a portion of the statue at Mawana Khurd village late on Tuesday night. "These incidents can never be justified", Singh told reporters outside Parliament. Periyar was a politician as well as a social activist who is popular for initiating the Self-Respect Movement.

An hour earlier, police arrested over 30 volunteers of the DMK, the DK, the VCK and the CPI for attempting to show black flags to him.