Published On : Sat, Mar 10th, 2018

Statue row: Bengal intellectuals urge Kovind to take strongest action against Tripura guv for tweets

Lenin's statue demolished
New Delhi: Prominent Bengali intellectuals urged President Ramnath Kovind to take the strongest possible action against Tripura governor Tathagata Roy for sparking tension with his tweets on the demolition of a Lenin statue in the state.

Roys message has sparked tension all over the country, including Tripura, and you can see that for yourself. Unfortunately, instead of carrying out his constitutional duties, he is instigating violence and supporting those, the luminaries wrote in a letter to the President.

The signatories writers Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Nabanita Deb Sen, thespian Manoj Mitra, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, poet Joy Goswami, singers Swagatalaxmi Dasgupta, Lopamudra Mitra and Pratul Mukhopadhyay, painter Suvaprasanna, human rights activist Sujato Bhadra and purana expert Nrishimha Prasad Bhaduri demanded the strongest constitutional measures against the Tripura governor at the earliest.

Responding to the letter, Tripura governor Roy alleged in a tweet that the celebrated personalities were under political pressure to sign the letter.

The Tripura governor, who describes himself as a Right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker and writer on Twitter, posted a series of tweets on March 5, 6 and 7 on the controversy around the pulling down of a Lenin statue in Tripura, soon after the BJP toppled the Left regime of 25 years in the state.

“What one democratically elected government can do, another democratically elected government can undo. And vice versa, Roy tweeted on March 5.

A tweet that followed said, From the telephone calls I receive, it appears that a concerted and motivated campaign is afoot to spread a canard that murder and mayhem have broken out in Tripura. Nonsense! Even the uprooting of the statue has not precipitated any breach of peace.