#StatueOfUnity: Patel's statue, world's tallest, to be inaugurated next month
(Sourced from PTI)
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate a statue of Sardar Patel, described by Gujarat's government as the world's tallest, on the birth anniversary of India's first Home Minister on October 31, CM Vijay Rupani said. He said the statue - called the "Statue of Unity" by Gujarat government - with a height of 182 meters will be a symbol of the country's unity and integrity.
On the sidelines of BJP's national executive meeting, Rupani said the party had collected iron, soil, and water from across the country to use them to build the statue in Gujarat, a decision announced by Modi in 2013 when he was its Chief Minister.
When Modi had made an announcement that his government would build the world's tallest statue to commemorate Sardar Patel, opposition parties had termed it as "empty talk" but it has now been raised with world-class facilities, Rupani said. While the Congress had sidelined Patel, Modi has brought him and his works in front of the world, the Chief Minister claimed.
Patel, a Congress leader, has become a revered figure for the BJP which has sought to project an ideological connect between its espousal of nationalism and his efforts to integrate hundreds of states and regions into India following its independence, Rupani said.