CPM unveils Lenin's 12-foot-tall statue at Tirunelveli office months after two of his structures were pulled down in Tripura

Tirunelveli: Months after two of his statues were pulled down in Tripura, a 12-foot-tall statue of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin was unveiled on Tuesday at the CPM district office premises in Tirunelveli commemorating his 95th death anniversary.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury unveiled the fibre-glass statue placed on a seven-foot-tall pedestal amid slogans praising the party and Russian revolution.

Renowned artist and former principal of Government Fine Arts College in Chennai G Chandrasekaran designed and fabricated the statue, party polit bureau member G Ramakrishnan said.

"After the incidents in Tripura, we were deeply disturbed. The communist party cannot be destroyed by pulling down statues," Ramakrishnan said.

The statue has been installed at a cost of around Rs 4 lakh mobilised by party workers.

In March 2018, two statues of Lenin were brought down in South Tripura just days after the Left was defeated in
the Assembly polls by the BJP and its ally IPFT, which together won a two-third majority in the House in a state where the CPM was in power for 25 years.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2019 09:50:05 IST

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