Activists and members of the CPI(M), SUCI and other groups, staged a demonstration in Mysuru on Wednesday condemning the demolition of Lenin’s statue in Tripura.
They questioned the BJP’s stance on the issue and asked why the party feared Lenin so as to support the demolition within 48 hours after coming to power in Tripura.
The protesters said the Lenin’s views on issues like capitalism, nationalism, gender equality, etc, was antithetical to that of the BJP. Countering the argument in defence of the demolition that Lenin did not belong to India, the CPI(M) and SUCI activists asked why the same norm did not apply to foreign investment.
“Lenin was an inspiration to freedom fighters in many countries, not unlike Bhagat Singh, Subhas Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, and others. If the BJP’s intolerance continues, then the statues of such personalities too would be demolished,” they said.
Calling for an end to such acts being patronised under the guise of patriotism and nationalism, the Left parties described the same as fascism.