Senior BJPÂ leader H Raja on Tuesday drew a lot of backlash after he said that theÂ statueÂ of social reformerÂ PeriyarÂ (EVR Ramasamy) in Tamil Nadu may meet the same fate as the one of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin which was pulled down in Tripura.
â€œWho is Lenin? What is the relevance he holds in India? What is the link between communism and India? Leninâ€™s statues were destroyed in Tripura, tomorrow, in Tamil Nadu, casteist Periyarâ€™s statues will be destroyed,â€� Raja has posted on his Facebook account.
Erode Venkata Ramasamy, who is commonly known as Periyar or Thanthai Periyar, was a social activist and politician, who started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam. Periyar, also known as the Father of Dravidian politics, started the Dravidian Movement in Tamil Nadu.
Periyar is nown for opposing the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin Dravidian people of south India and the imposition of what he considered Indo-Aryan India.
Raja's comment drew reactions from several politicians across the state.Â â€œNo one dare touch EVRâ€™s (Periyar) statue. H Raja made those comments to incite violence. He has been repeatedly doing this. He should be arrest and the Goondas Act slapped on him,â€� said DMK Working President, MK Stalin.
DMK spokesperson A Saravanan told The News Minute, "This is pure hate and Talibanisation of India. Such things happen only happen in Taliban. In a democracy we don't indulge in political vandalism or threaten to do it."
Tripura CPI(M) district secretary Tapas Datta said the five-feet-tall fibre glass statue, which was unveiled by the party's politburo member Prakash Karat a few months back, was allegedly pulled down by BJP workers yesterday at College Square in Belonia.