Protests in Salem, Namakkal against H Raja's remarks

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A BJP office in Coimbatore was petrol bombed after party national secretary H Raja expressed the view - which he retracted later - that Periyar statues should be razed.

The incident in Tripura has sparked a series of such vandalism of statues of different personalities including Shyama Prasad Mookerjee in Kolkata, B.R. Ambedkar in Meerut and Periyar E.V. Ramasamy in Vellore.

The prime minister also spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh on the matter and expressed his strong disapproval of such vandalism. Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, and its arch-rival in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress, have blamed the BJP for the incident.

Expressing honest regret if his post has hurt the sentiments of the people, Raja said "I have removed that admin who posted the comment about Periyar and have deleted the post."I totally condemn vandalizing statues and violence".

"Today it was Lenin's statue in Tripura". Panneerselvam, who is also the AIADMK coordinator, described Raja's claim that his comment on a social media post were uploaded by his administrator as "ridiculous and unacceptable".

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'Ministry of Home Affairs has asked states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents.

Banerjee said TMC had no ambition of playing a lead role in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but would help the process of forming a common front against the BJP. The advisory urges the states to make District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police personally responsible for ensuring that law and order situation remains firmly under control.

"It is not acceptable to us to damage any statue of Periyar", he further said. 'I totally condemn vandalising statues and violence, ' he said.

"One man is a BJP member and another CPI worker, both drunk", the police said. The district administration pacified the protesters by assuring them that it would soon install a new statue of the Dalit icon. "The hearts of Tamil Nadu people are wounded and the hearts of people adoring Periyar are broken", (by Raja's comment), the party said. Following which the state's BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan had distanced the party from the controversial remarks. Police on Tuesday said that Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker and Francis was believed to be a CPI activist.