Top BJP leadership supports the demolition of Lenin statue

Admist entire uproar about the illegal demolition of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Tripura, several top BJP leaders came in support of the act.

The Governor of Tripura and leader of BJP, Tathagata Roy justified the act saying “what one democratically elected government can do the other Democratically government can undo.”

While the senior BJP leader Subhramanian Swamy went on to call Lenin a terrorist and said that a statue “of this sort of person” shouldn’t be in India.

“Lenin is a foreigner and in a way, a terrorist, there shouldn’t be a statue of this sort of person in our country? They are welcome to put that statue inside the Communist Party headquarters and worship it if they so wish,” said Swamy to ANI.

BJP National Secretary Ram Madhav also seemed to have supporting the demolishing of the communist icon’s statue in a tweet which he later deleted. “People taking down Lenin’s statue…not in Russia; it is in Tripura. ‘Chalo Paltai’,” Ram Madhav said in the tweet he later deleted.

Minister of state for agriculture and farmers welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat supported the act saying that Lenin’s statues were demolished in his own country Russia, hence there is nothing wrong in destroying the statue in India.

However Tripura state in-charge Sunil Deodhar who is considered to be architect of party’s victory in the Northeastern state, condemned the incident but maintained that BJP can’t be blamed for the incident as they have not taken oath yet. The BJP denied the allegations saying it “does not practice the culture of violence”.

Some of those who support Left parties are trying to foist these kind of debates that a statue is removed,” said the BJP’s Nalin Kohli.

A JD (U) MP – whose party had divided loyalties in the elections in the three northeastern states – today expressed his disapproval of the razing of Lenin’s statue.

“This is wrong. People of this nation believe in different ideologies. It is true that Lenin’s statues were demolished after end of ruling in Russia. But India is not Russia, all ideologies should be supported here. Lenin brought huge revolution in 1917 for poor,” said JD(U) MP Harivansh, to ANI.