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India: The CPI(M), which lost power in the Tripura state after 25 years, soon 2 days after the BJP and Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) formed the government, Bulldozers razed to the ground a statue of Lenin at Belonia.

The CPI(M) described the incident as an example of “Communism phobia”, the BJP claimed that the statue was brought down by people “oppressed” by the Left.

The Incident happened in the heart of Belonia town in Tripura’s extreme south. The communist had build a statue of Communist icon Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, also known as Lenin, stood at the centre of College Square for the last five years.

On Monday at around 2.30 pm, barely 48 hours after the assembly election results were announced, celebrating BJP workers and supporters around brought the statue down with the help of a JCB amid chants of “Bharat Mata ki jai’’.

Tapas Datta, CPI(M)’ said “Eyewitnesses told me that after the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body. And then, the BJP workers played football with Lenin’s head,’’ the 11.5-ft fibre-glass statue was sculpted by local artist Krishna Debnath at a cost of Rs 3 lakh. It was installed as the party began its 21st year of rule, after winning the 2013 assembly elections.

In South Tripura’s Belonia, a statue of Lenin razed amid chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. This, less than 48 hours after the BJP stormed to power ending a 25-year-long Left rule.

BJP south district secretary Raju Nath, said the statute fell because of an “overflow of anger”.

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