The BJP's Tamil Nadu unit today sacked a party functionary for allegedly vandalising a statue of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, in Tirupattur in Vellore district.
"R Muthuraman is being expelled from the party," BJP state chief Tamilisai Soundarrajan said in a brief statement.
Muthuraman was one of the two persons arrested by police for allegedly vandalising a bust-size statue of Ramasamy, in an inebriated condition, the other was identified as Francis.
Francis was not a member of the party nor was he connected to it, CPI state unit secretary R Mutharasan said.
Police yesterday said that Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker and Francis was believed to be a CPI activist.
The two allegedly vandalised a statue of Ramasamy in an inebriated state.
The incident follows a row over comments made by BJP leader H Raja indicating that statues of Ramasamy could be the next to be pulled down after two statues of communist icon Vladimir Lenin was razed in Tripura.
As the remarks in a Facebook post against Ramasamy, the founder of the Dravidian movement, drew condemnation from several political parties in the state, Raja deleted it.