Kolkata: After the statue of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, was razed to the ground by a mob in Tripura, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s Statue Toppled In Kolkata on Wednesday morning.
Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee is a prominent Hindutva icon for the RSS/BJP brigade. It was he who, on the advice of M.S. Golwalkar, the second chief of RSS and its most prominent ideologue, founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), precursor of present BJP, in 1951 and became the first president of the political arm of the RSS.
On Wednesday, the statue has been broken partially with black colour painted on the face. Police have arrested seven people. Tollygunge Police rushed to the spot and arrested those six students and one woman. They have posters in their hand and they condemned the demolition of a statue of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin by BJP supporters in Tripura after the BJP stormed to power in the state that was a Left bastion.
Lenin’s statue was toppled on Monday in Belonia town in south Tripura, about 90 km from state capital Agartala . Violence broke out in some parts of the state following BJP’s victory in assembly elections that saw the ouster of the Manik Sarkar-led CPI(M) from power after 25 years.