Periyar statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu, again

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Mar 20, 2018, 05.28 AM(IST)

The statue of Periyar was vandalised on March 20. Photograph:( PTI )

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A statue of the social reformer was also vandalised by BJP functionary R Muthuraman in the state's Vellore district on March 6

A statue of social reformer and politician  EV Ramasamy Periyar was today vandalised by unidentified persons in Tamil Nadu's Pudukkottai district.

A case has been registered and investigation is on, ANI reported.

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A statue of the social reformer was also vandalised by BJP functionary  R Muthuraman in the state's Vellore district on March 6. He was expelled from the party the next day.

BJP leader H Raja also invoked widespread outrage after a controversial Facebook post in which he called Periyar a "caste fanatic" whose statue would be removed just like Lenin statue in Tripura.

Raja in his now-deleted Facebook Post wrote, "Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India? What connection has India with Communists? Lenin's statue has been removed in Tripura. Today it is Lenin's statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EVR Ramasamy."

Following the criticism, the BJP leader apologised for the post and blamed his social media team for the comments.

The statue of Left icon Lenin was demolished at Tripura's Belonia town on March 5, triggering a spurt in the vandalising of statues of prominent politicians including Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.