‘Why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi ?’: Shashi Tharoor asks BJP

‘Why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi ?’: Shashi Tharoor asks BJP

‘Why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi ?’: Shashi Tharoor asks BJP

Along with the Prime Minister Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah were also present at the event in Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Narmada district.

Indian air force planes showered flower petals on the statue.

Indian workers carry on construction works at the 'Statue Of Unity, ' a monument dedicated to Indian independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel, at Kevadiya Colony in the vicinity of Narmada Dam, Aug. 25, 2018, from Ahmedabad in Gujarat state.

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.

"This memorial to Sardar [Patel] is going to become a worldwide tourist attraction", Mr Modi said in a promotional video about the statue.

At 182-metre, the statue is touted as the world's tallest - it is 177 feet higher than China's Spring Temple Buddha, now the world's tallest statue. "Modi is our enemy", said Praful Vasava, a tribal activist leader who spearheaded protests against the statue. Instead, he tore into the Modi government, saying it's "ironic that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed".

PM Modi also paid tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi.

Hours after the inauguration of a Rs 3,000-crore statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, BSP president Mayawati demanded an apology from those who had flayed her over the statues of Dalit leaders her government had installed in Uttar Pradesh.

Ironically, Patel's statue is expected to lose its world's-tallest tag in three years to a sculpture of 17th century Maratha king Shivaji Bhonsle that is being erected in Mumbai. The new statue in India is also almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, which is 305 feet tall. Mr Modi had laid the foundation stone of the project on 31st October 2013 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

- Statue's surface (skin) has 553 bronze panels - each panel has 10-15 micro panels - made at a Chinese foundry, as there was no facility available in India to make panels of this scale. Following this, he will also perform a special prayer at the feet of the newly constructed Statue and visit the museum and exhibition.

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