Modi warns of tough action over 'statue war'

Early on Wednesday, a petrol bomb was hurled at a BJP office in Coimbatore, around 500 km from here, by unidentified persons.

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.

Recently statues of prominent personalities, like social activist E.V. Ramasamy "Periyar" in Vellore city of Tamil Nadu, and Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee's statue in Kolkata, have been vandalised. What is Lenin's contribution to India?

Tripura's royal family scion Jishnu Debbarma is the BJP nominee for Charilam assembly constituency (reserved for tribals), where election was countermanded following the death of the Communist Party of India-Marxist candidate and it would be held on Monday.

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'Pulling down and vandalising of Periyar's statue is a big insult to not just the people of Tamil Nadu but to the entire country and those who follow his ideology. "Tomorrow, statues of caste fanatic E V Ramaswamy Periyar will be brought down".

Whilst interacting with the mediapersons the BJP leader consistently maintained that it was not he but someone else who wrote that status update on his social media account. This was followed by an attack on a Periyar statue in Vellore district of Tamilnadu.

A statue of Dalit icon Ambedkar was vandalized in Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, police said. "One man is a BJP member and another a CPI worker, both drunk", the police reportedly said. Opposition DMK said that following the outcry in Tamil Nadu on this issue, none would make such remarks henceforth.

First provocating action and then apologies.

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Rajinikanth's contemporary and Makkal Neethi Maiam founder, Kamal Haasan had also hit out Raja's comments. "We demand very strong action against culprits", said Sayantan Basu, West Bengal BJP's General Secretary.

"I appeal to everyone, all parties, that anyone indulging in such acts should be dealt with strictly". All over the state statues of Periyar was provided with police protection.

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan today said only her opinion should be considered as the official statement of the party in Tamilnadu.

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