48 hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Assembly elections in the state, a video came to the light, showing right-wing supporters razing down a statue of Vladimir Lenin, a communist revolutionary, in Belonia town of Tripura. Reacting to the demolition, Yechury said, "BJP's fascistic trait has been well displayed at Tripura's Belonia where they dismantled Lenin's statue".
The BJP has also indicated a massive change in the state's education policy by removing references to the Russian and French revolutions from school textbooks.
Following the incident, CPM workers in Kolkata will march from venue of the state conference to be held today to a Lenin statue in the city.
Widespread violence is being reported from Tripura after the CPM lost the Assembly elections after a 25-year rule in the North-East state.
The statue was situated in south Tripura's Belonia town.
"We arrested a person who was driving the bulldozer that toppled the statue", Tripura police spokesman Pradip De told AFP.
The IPFT president said the party has discussed this development with other senior leaders and will also discuss this with BJP leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma and Ram Madhav tomorrow. It was built by the municipality and funded by the taxpayers' money.
Condemning the violence, tweeted the CPI-M party, "Post Poll violence in Tripura against the Left is the truth which mocks the PM's claims that BJP believes in democratic norms! Why should the taxpayer have to finance a statue of Lenin?".
He further added, "Even if it was a statue of our former CPI (M) chief minister Nripen Chakraborty, nobody would have touched it - he was one of us and belonged to the country".
He alleged that the CPI (M) activists, too, "assaulted" 49 of its party supporters, 17 of whom had to be hospitalised.
Elsewhere, the BJP's Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy, told ANI that Lenin was a foreigner and a terrorist questioning the rationale behind keeping his statue in India.