Allahabad, Mar 9: A statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi installed at a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district was found to be damaged. The situation in the region is tensed and the local residents are planning to file a police complaint. (ALSO READ – Modi temple with 100-foot tall statue of PM to be built in Meerut)
The news came to light when the residents of Bhagwanpur Bahugara village found the nose of Modi statue to be broken. However, the cause of the damage could not be ascertained but the villagers are suspecting a foul play. (ALSO READ: Statue Vandalism Continues; After Lenin And Periyar, Mahatma Gandhi’s Bust Damaged in Kannur)
The statue was installed by local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Brajendra Narayan Mishra in a temple before the 2014 parliamentary elections. His son Alok Mishra claims that the villagers, at the temple, used to pray to God that Modi becomes the prime minister. Notably, today a handful of villagers visit the temple.
Meanwhile, the station house officer of Sarai Akil police station, Uma Shankar Yadav, has told Hindustan Times that he is not aware about damage caused to Modi statue.
The report comes at time when the desecration of statues of leaders is happening on a large scale in the country — Vladimir Lenin in Tripura, SP Mookerjee in West Bengal, BR Ambedkar in UP and Periyar in Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday, the busts 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 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.”