PM Modi condemns incidents of vandalism of statues; MHA calls for action

Prime Minister Narendra Modi| File PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the desecration of 3 statues across India, namely, the bull dozed razing of Lenin's statue in Tripura on Tuesday, the damage of Periyar's statue in Tamil Nadu and the blackening of Syama Prasad Mukherjee's bust in Kolkata.

Also, in Tamil Nadu's Vellore, a statue of social activist and rationalist leader EVR Periyar was vandalised on Tuesday night.

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 and it has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism. "Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents", read a statement of Indian Home Ministry. "Stringent corrective measures be taken to maintain the secrecy regarding VVIP programmes in order to prevent any untoward incident".

Prime Minister, who was speaking at the inauguration function of new premises of the Central Information Commission (CIC) said, "I believe that the (Central Information) Commission will keep improving its system keeping in mind people's comfort". He deleted his post and appealed for peace.

"The DMs and SPs will be personally held responsible for any such incidents of vandalism of statues", a home ministry official said, quoting the second advisory.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah also said he has spoken to party units in Tripura and Tamil Nadu, PTI reported on Wednesday.

"Lenin was a foreigner. And (you) want statue of such a person erected in our country?"

After sending multiple communications regarding leaks of the Prime Minister's domestic itineraries on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook and mobile application WhatsApp, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is planning to launch a probe.

"However, there is no place for violence in democracy", said Ahir. The CPI-M has also alleged that Tripura's new ruling party, BJP, ransacked homes of several CPI-M workers.

Modi raised his concerns after the demolition of the Lenin statue started a domino effect.

In a series of posts on Twitter, he wrote that "What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo".

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