Towering statue of India's independence leader unveiled

Towering statue of India's independence leader unveiled

Towering statue of India's independence leader unveiled

In an ironic twist, Patel is reported to have said during his lifetime that he was against the concept of buildings and statues being built to glorify individuals. "We have electrified 18,000 villages and have connected villages through roads, optic fibre cables and gas connections", Modi said.

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, BSP chief Mayawati sought an apology from the BJP for its comments in the past against installation of statues of Dalit icons.

While the launch of the statue was a big event, one can't help but wonder if this tourism attraction is going to bring in competition for Gujarat's most popular winter festival that's famously known for its tent city, the Rann Utsav. He added that the statue will remind those who question India's existence that this nation was, is and will remain eternal.

"In Assam, they (BJP) are trying to drive out 40 lakh people, including Bengalis, by omitting their names from the NRC draft", Ms Banerjee, a strident critic of the BJP, said. REUTERS/Amit Dave General view of the "Statue of Unity" portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during its inauguration in Kevadia, in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 31, 2018. "The statue, which is on the banks of the Narmada, is a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel", Modi had tweeted hours before his arrival.

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The accusations are a distortion of history, says Congress, which ruled India for much of its independence history and is now led by Rahul Gandhi, the great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

How does it compare to other statues?

"Patel had worked along with Gandhiji and strengthened the Congress party". The statue has been built to withstand winds of 180km/hour and earthquakes of up to 6.5 Richter scale. He said while there was no objection over the monument built for Patel, what was surprising was why a bigger statue for the father of the nation, who was also born in Gujarat, was not thought of. With all due respect to him (Patel), we feel Mahatma Gandhi is the tallest leader of Indian politics.

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