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Destruction of Lenin and Periyar statues shows intolerant approach of BJP: Karat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The demolition of communist icon Lenin's statues in and disfiguring a statute of EV in showed the intolerant approach of the BJP towards any other ideology other than Hindutva, CPI(M) leader said today.

Seven Left parties -- the CPI, CPI(M), AIFB, RSP, CPI(ML), SUCI and CGPI -- took out a march towards Parliament today, protesting against the demolition of statutes, but were stopped by the police.

Addressing the Left workers and supporters at Parliament Street here, former CPI(M) Karat alleged that after winning the polls, the BJP was trying to use violence against those, who had voted for the Left Front in the state.

"After destroying Lenin's statues, BJP workers in destroyed In Uttar Pradesh, they damaged a statue of (BR) Ambedkar. It shows the intolerant approach of the BJP. They are not ready to tolerate any other ideology other than Hindutva," he said.

CPI(ML) leader Kavita Krishnan, who also addressed the Left supporters, said the of the BJP-RSS against Lenin, calling him a foreigner, was not justified at all.

"People from all over the world take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's teachings. There are statues of Gandhi all over the world. Are those going to be removed from those countries just because he was a foreigner to them?

"If Bhagat Singh took inspiration from during the freedom movement, then his struggle was also influenced by During the same time, Savarkar was taking inspiration from and Mussolini. Are Ambedkar and also foreigners,?" she asked.

Krishnan claimed that the statutes of were attacked not because he was a foreigner, but because his values stood for the struggle against inequality, the struggle of the oppressed.

Those who feared the struggle for equality attacked Lenin's statutes, she said.

Asserting that the issue was not only about statues being attacked, but the "attack on all kinds of dissent", the Left leaders appealed to the newly-formed BJP government in to restore peace and normalcy in the north-eastern state at the earliest.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:05 IST
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