Politics of statues: Narendra Modi Statue found damaged in UP’s Kaushambi

Allahabad: The war of damaged statues seems to reach a new ‘different level’. The local residents of Kaushambi are planning to file a complaint after the statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district was found damaged.

A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Brajendra Narayan Mishra, had installed PM’s statue in a temple before 2014 parliamentary elections. The incident was noticed when the residents of Bhagwanpur Bahugara village found the broken nose of Modi’s statue. Though the exact cause of damage could not be found out, villagers are suspecting a foul play, reports India.com.

Uma Shankar Yadav, station house officer of Sarai Akil police station told HT that they were not aware of the damage caused to the statue.

In the recent past days, statues of people like Vladimir Lenin, SP Mookerjee, BR Ambedkar, Periyar have been found vandalised in different states across the country. On Wednesday, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar were found defaced in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

Reacting to the incidents of vandalism, Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) said, “Incidents of the toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. MHA has taken serious notes of such incidents of vandalism. PM also spoke to HM in this regard & has expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents.”