Statue Vandalism: 4 statues vandalised in 3 states, BJP protests in Kolkata; DMK protests in Tripura
From West Bengal to Tamil Nadu to Uttar Pradesh, India witnessed a rash of attacks on statues, prompted by the toppling of a Vladimir Lenin statue in Tripura on Monday. Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on Tuesday came out in support of the toppling of the Lenin statue but changed their tune after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he disapproved of such incidents.
The Prime Minister stepped in a day after two Lenin statues were pulled down in Tripura – which has voted the BJP to power after 25 years of Left rule – and a statue of Tamil icon EVR Ramasamy or Periyar was vandalized in Tamil Nadu. A bust of BJP icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee was damaged in Kolkata this morning. Security around statues has been tightened in Delhi and Mumbai.