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THE biggest statue of Vladimir Lenin in India is set to be constructed next year, months after it was torn down in Tripura after the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is set to unveil the 11-foot statue at the party’s Tirunelveli district office on January 21 2019, the 95th anniversary of the Russian revolutionary leader’s death.
Party district secretary district secretary K G Baskaran said that they had initially planned a ceremony for November 7, the anniversary of the Russian revolution, but found their efforts were delayed due to costs.
Money was raised by party cadres and the statue’s sculptor G Chandrasekaran, alias “Oviyar Chandru,” a former principal of a fine arts college said: “Since I like Lenin’s ideologies I came forward to complete the statue out of my own pocket.”
“The statue will be the biggest monument for a political leader in Tamil Nadu, and the biggest of Lenin in India,” he said.
Mr Baskaran stressed the importance of the Lenin statue, saying it was a reminder to the Indian population that “the left is the solution, not the right.”
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