PM Modi disapproves vandalism of statues; MHA asks states to act strongly

PM Modi disapproves vandalism of statues; MHA asks states to act strongly

PM Modi disapproves vandalism of statues; MHA asks states to act strongly

Modi spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who also expressed his "strong disapproval" of such incidents, directing him to take "stern action" against those involved in such incidents as well as necessary actions to prevent such incidents. The BJP worker who was reportedly involved in stoning Periyar's statue has been expelled by the party. "People taking down Lenin's statue ... not in Russian Federation, it is in Tripura". The next day, a statue of E.V. Ramasamy "Periyar", social reformer and founder of Dravidian movement, was vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district. The Statue Vandalism should be immediately stopped. The protests ended only after the district officials assured that the statue would be replaced at the earliest. In a Tweet he said: BJP condemns statue desecration.

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.

IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma said the party has demanded four ministerial berths from the BJP and "we have discussed with Sarma and other leaders accordingly". India's diversity and the vibrant spirit of debate and discussion is what strengthens us.

A new statue of Ambedkar has been installed at the same place by the local police after the incident to maintain peace and calm in the area.

Two petrol bombs were hurled outside the BJP office in Coimbatore on Wednesday morning. 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. "And if it did, I regret". PM also discussed the matter with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo".

The message that was posted and later removed said: "Who is Lenin?" They are bailable and non-cognizable offences.

In Kolkata, in what was seen as retaliation to vandalism of statues of non-Sangh Parivar ideologues, members of an ultra-Left student outfit vandalised and defaced a statue of BJP ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerrjee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, his Ministry has issued advisories to all state govts to take steps stop the violence. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law, the ministry said. "These incidents can never be justified", Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

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 is not about the Left or Right ideology, it is about the law and order, and nothing is above it.

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