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Keep ‘terrorist’ Lenin’s statue in your office: Swamy to CPIM

SNS | New Delhi |

Controversial BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said Vladimir Lenin was a “terrorist” and that the CPI(M) should keep his razed statue inside their headquarters and “worship” it.

Hitting out at Communists for protesting against the knocking down of the 11.5-feet fibre statue of Lenin in south Tripura’s Belonia on Monday, Swamy said the Russian leader was a “foreigner” who killed many people.

“Lenin is a foreigner, a terrorist of sorts, he killed so many people in Russia. Why should we have his statute here,” Swamy told media outside Parliament House.

The BJP leader said the razed statue was not yet broken and the Communist Party of India, which was thrown out of power after 25 years in the state, can keep it inside their headquarters.

“It (statue) is not broken yet… They (Communists) can take it and keep it inside their party headquarters and worship it,” he said.

Several incidents of post-poll violence have been reported in Tripura following BJP’s victory in the assembly elections.

According to reports, the statue was brought down with a bulldozer by the BJP activists chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday, in a tweet said: “What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo. And vice versa.”

Roy is believed to have referred to instances of statues of leaders iconic to other parties demolished or defiled in the past in the state.

A media report said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to the Governor and Tripura Police chief Akhil Kumar Shukla, requesting them to take steps to control the violence in the northeastern state, ahead of the swearing-in-ceremony of the new BJP government.