Violence Unleashed in Tripura
Two days since the Tripura Assembly election results were announced, where BJP ended the Left’s 25-year rule, the north-eastern state is witnessing incidents of sporadic violence. Consequently, a statue of the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, which was in the heart of Belonia town in south Tripura, almost 90 km away from capital Agartala, was razed in the state.
The CPM and BJP have blamed each other for the clashes unleashed by their supporters. Yesterday, in Belonia town, BJP workers and supporters brought down a statue of Lenin with the help of a JCB amid cries of “Bharat Mata ki jai’’. While CPM described the incident an example of “Communism phobia”, BJP claimed that the statue was brought down by the people “oppressed” by the Left.
The BJP has marked its victory by winning 43 of the state's 60 seats along with a regional partner Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) in the recent assembly elections. Tripura was considered the Left's strongest citadel, presided over by the CPM's Manik Sarkar, who had been chief minister for 20 years and was seeking re-election for the fifth consecutive term.
A day after the results, the CPM claimed at least “200 cases of violence” against its cadres overnight, as well as attacks on its offices across the state. It said frantic cadres had been calling in since the results about the attacks, and that its offices had been burnt down or vandalized. It also asserted that till Monday, 514 workers and supporters of the party had been “physically attacked”, 1,539 homes of workers and supporters had been vandalized, 196 homes set on fire, 134 party offices vandalized, 64 offices burnt, and 208 offices “forcibly occupied” by supporters of BJP and alliance partner IPFT.
It goes without saying that the violence unleashed by these perpetrators is nothing more than screening of their sheer intolerance and hooliganism. Be it any party or individual, who gives them the power to vandalize public properties? Rather than demolishing and devastating public properties, the citizen must understand the need for preserving law and order in the country. Ultimately, violence is not the way out rather we can move mountains together if we start believing in change and putting efforts to achieve it.