Mamata Banerjee criticises BJP for pulling down of Lenin's statue in Tripura

The five-foot-tall fibre-glass statue of Vladimir Lenin, which was unveiled by CPI(M) politburo member Prakash Karat a few months ago, was yesterday pulled down allegedly by BJP workers .

Published: 06th March 2018 10:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2018 04:32 AM   |  A+A-

CPI-M leaders Sitaram Yechury, Biman Bose and Brinda Karat at a rally in Kolkata on Tuesday to protest against razing of Lenin’s statue in Tripura | Pti

Express News Service

KOLKATA: Slamming the demolition of the Lenin statue in Tripura’s Belonia, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said though the Russian revolutionary was not her leader, she was still protesting the attacks on CPM cadres, party symbols and offices in Tripura.

Speaking at a public meet at Patrasayer in Bankura district on Tuesday, she said, “Even though I have ideological differences with the CPM and Marx and Lenin are not my leaders, still I protest the destruction of the statue. This shows the BJP’s aggression and arrogance of power. I had fought against the CPM’s torture and will fight against the BJP’s torture as well. If I don’t speak up, who will? Somebody has to bell the cat.”

Recalling her 2011 victory that ended the Left’s 34-year-old rule in West Bengal, she said, “Remember, when we unseated the CPM, our slogan was ‘Bodla noy, bodol chai’ (we want change, not revenge).” Reiterating her call for the Third Front to ‘capture’ Red Fort, she said: “Bengal will not sit in the (Prime Minister’s) chair but will make others sit.”

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury condemned the violence allegedly unleashed by BJP cadres on CPM supporters in Tripura. Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, he said: “So far, 514 comrades have been attacked, a total of 1,539 houses of our comrades have been attacked, of which 196 have been set on fire. Some 132 party offices have been attacked, of which 62 have been gutted. In addition, 208 party offices and 90 mass organisation offices have been physically captured and occupied by RSS-BJP. Our central committee and the politburo severely condemn these attacks.”

“The undemocratic and unconstitutional demolition of Lenin’s statue in Belonia exhibits the basic character of the RSS, which in its entire existence has not expanded its influence without political violence. Even the Governor is expressing glee over the demolition, thus bringing dishonour to the constitutional post,” he added.

Hinting at the possibility of an electoral alliance with the Congress despite a resolution against it, he said: “Communal forces have to be defeated and we are ready for alliances with secular democratic forces.”
However, Yechury ruled out the possibility of any alliance with the Trinamool Congress. “On the one hand, you practise minority communalism and, on other hand, you can’t call for alliances against majority communal forces,” he said.

On Mamata speaking with southern parties, he added: “Everybody is speaking with everybody but something concrete is yet to emerge out of it.”The CPI-M and SUCI (Communist) organised separate demonstrations in the city to protest against the demolition of Lenin’s statue. However, Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said: “Did the Left expect vegetarian treatment when they tortured people for so many years? They have to bear some beatings.”

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp