Lenin statues brought down in Tripura

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Biplab Kumar Deb named as the next Tripura chief minister

A controversial statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin has been pulled down in India following election defeat for local Communists, who claimed the crowd then dismembered the monument and "played football with [his] head".

The BJP managed to win the 2018 assembly polls in Tripura by a large margin and defeated the CPI-M in the state, which was considered to be CPI-M citadel as the left party had ruled there for 25 years.

Just 48 hours after the 25 year long Left rule ended in Tripura, a statue of Lenin, that stood in the heart of Belonia town in Tripura, was brought down by celebrating BJP supporters amid chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.

There have been clashes between BJP and Communist party workers in the state. We don't support dismantling of statues of heroes be it that of Gandhiji, Netaji, Swami Vivekananda, Marx or Lenin.

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A five-foot high fibre glass statue of Lenin was toppled at Belonia yesterday, while a smaller figure was razed at Sabroom two days ago, district superintendent of police Monchak Ipper said. "It will be removed by police tomorrow and given to the municipality for storage", he adds.

Furthermore, justifying the act of his party workers BJP south district secretary Raju Nath said that the statute fell because of an "overflow of anger".

Tripura CPI (M) secretary, Haripada Das, alleged that over 240 people have been injured in attacks on party offices and offices of Left-backed trade unions; he claimed homes of leaders have also not been spared.

"In a democratic system, change of government is usual, but violence in such grave form is not acceptable by the people", Dhar said.

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He even went to the length of saying that he later made another tweet in which he stated pulling down of Lenin's statue was an offence for which there are penal provisions.

Mocking the BJP's rivals over their angry reaction to the statue's demolition, Singh said, "I never heard them say anything over the demolition of thousands of temples in the past, including those in Kashi (Varanasi), Mathura and Ayodhya".

He said that around 535 party offices and CPI-M's frontal organisational offices were attacked, forcibly captured and set on fire across Tripura.

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