Rally Against Syama Prasad’s Statue Vandalism


Kolkata: Protesting the attack on Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s statue in Kolkata, West Bengal BJP’s youth wing Yuba Morcha activists walked in a silent rally here on Sunday.

The rally was held from south Kolkata’s Hazra to Syama Prasad Mookherjee’s house in the nearby Bhawanipore area.

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“It is shameful that Bengalis were involved in vandalising the statue of someone who did so much for Bengal and its people. We are not satisfied with the role of the Bengal government in the issue, nor do we expect anything better from them,” Debjit Sarkar, state Yuba Morcha president told.

“People are saying they broke the statue of Mookerjee here to protest an incident in Tripura. First of all, that incident has no relation with Bengal. Also, even if some BJP supporters were involved in the attack on Lenin’s statue, it was mostly the common people who came out and did that to announce the end of Left rule there,” the BJP leader claimed.

The statue of Sangh ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee was damaged in Kolkata. The incident of vandalism comes after two Lenin statues being toppled in Tripura and a Periyar bust being vandalised in Tamil Nadu.

The Kolkata police arrested seven people for the alleged vandalism. At least five of the seven, one whom of is a woman, are believed to be members of a Left-wing group called Radical.

All seven were arrested from the spot where SP Mookerjee’s bust was vandalised. A minister of Mamata’s cabinet, reacting to the incident, blamed it on “an ultra Left Naxal student body” from the Kolkata’s Jadavpur University.