Sitaram Yechury criticises BJP-RSS for pulling down of Lenin’s statue

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Kolkata, March 6: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury today criticised the BJP-RSS for the pulling down of a statue of communist icon Vladimir Lenin in Tripura and urged the democratic and secular forces of the country to come together against the ”fascist onslaught” of the saffron regime.
He said the CPI(M) would discuss all the options in the upcoming party Congress while deciding on its political-tactical line for taking on the BJP.
Without mentioning the Congress party, Yechury underlined the need for the broadest possible platform of the Left and democratic forces in the country to counter the BJP-RSS.
Yesterday, the statue of Lenin was pulled down by some people with an excavator machine at Belonia in South Tripura district, about 110 km from state capital Agartala, in the wake of the announcement of the state Assembly poll results, in which the Left Front was drubbed by the BJP-IPFT combine.
The CPI(M) held BJP workers responsible for the pulling down of the fibre-glass statue that was installed a few months ago.
Criticising the incident, Yechury alleged that the BJP-RSS was unleashing ”unprecedented violence” and arson across Tripura in the aftermath of their victory in the Assembly election.
”Such attacks clearly demonstrate that the RSS and the BJP rely mainly on unleashing political violence as means to advance their inherent anti-democratic and fascist agenda,” he said.
Yechury also described Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy’s tweet on the matter as ”unfortunate”.
”This shows how constitutional posts are being undermined,” he said. (PTI)