After the demolishing of Lenin’s statue in Tripura and wreckage of Periyar’s statue in Vellore, PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday reacted to these incidents, The statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. Rajnath Singh The Home Minister tweeted saying PM Modi has “expressed strong disapproval of such incidents”.
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Governor Tathagatha Roy and the director general of police, asking them to ensure peace till a new government was installed in the state, an official said. “Incidents of the toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. MHA has taken serious notes of such incidents of vandalism. PM also spoke to HM in this regard and has expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents,” the statement interpreted. “MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.”
The statement comes in the middle of reports of another incident in West Bengal where the outburst of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University. According to visuals, the sculpture’s face was blackened.
The following day, two men allegedly vandalised a Periyar statue a few hours after Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja said statues of Dravidian icon E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ “will be brought down”.