Chennai, Mar 20: Another statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was vandalised by unidentified men in Alangudi town in Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning. After the incident, Congress president Rahul Gandhi blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the incidents of statue vandalism. Also Read - Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh Passes Away; PM Modi, Rajnath Express Grief
A statue of Periyar was found with its head cut off near Alangudi. The head was found lying near the statue. According to police, some miscreants damaged the statue on Monday night. “When the RSS and BJP encouraged the tearing down of Lenin statues in Tripura, they signalled their cadres to destroy statues of those who opposed their ideology, like Periyar, the great social reformer who fought for the Dalits. His statue too was destroyed today in Tamil Nadu,” said Rahul in a tweet today. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: NDA is One, Will Contest Polls Together, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
A statue of Periyar was damaged in Vellore on March 6, hours after BJP leader H Raja threatened that statues of the Dravidian icon too would be destroyed after a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was knocked down in Tripura. Raja, however, later apologised for his statement.
A huge political controversy erupted after the CPI-M accused the BJP of attacking its offices in Tripura and bringing down the Lenin statues after winning assembly polls in the state. The incidents of statue vandalism in Tripura sparked a wave of similar actions across the country in its immediate aftermath. Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr BR Ambedkar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee were also targetted.