No action against H Raja over remarks on Periyar tweet: Amit Shah

Lucy Bush
March 9, 2018

The protests took a very violent turn when petrol bombs were hurled at the BJP office in Gandhipuram, Coimbatore, and three people from Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (TPDK) have been arrested in the case.

BJP has been in the news in Tripura for all the wrong reasons lately, including statue vandalism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also strongly disapproved incidents of vandalism, reported from several parts of the country.

The incident happened after two statues of communist icon Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura and a bust of rationalist movement founder E.V. Ramasamy or Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu. What is Lenin's contribution to India? Expressing regret on March 6, Raja had said the comment in his Facebook page, indicating that Periyar's statues will meet the fate of Communist icon Lenin's statue in Tripura, was posted by his administrator and it was deleted.

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"We have served notices to four persons suspected to be involved in pulling down the Lenin statue at College Square asking them to report to the police for interrogation", South Tripura SP Manchak Ipper said.

Yesterday, even as Raja said he regretted the Facebook post, he was summoned by the party to New Delhi.

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.

The statue of Periyar, located inside the Tirupattur corporation office in Vellore, was targeted.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued second advisory to the States on the issue of vandalism of statues in some states. "I have spoken to the party units in both Tamil Nadu and Tripura".

"We will not take action against H Raja", said Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Wednesday. DMK working president MK Stalin has demanded the arrest of Mr Raja for his post. "These incidents can never be justified", Rajnath told reporters outside Parliament.

Additional advocate general P.H.Arvindh Pandian submitted that the government has already seized of the matter and has ensured adequate protection to Periyar statues across the state. Police on Tuesday said that Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker and Francis was believed to be a CPI activist.

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