PM Modi did virtual 'abhishek' of statue, paid his respects
Leading the ceremony, PM Modi applied a virtual tilak on the statue's forehead with the help of a lever. He also poured soil and Narmada water into a kalash to celebrate the 143rd birth anniversary of the man, who united nation after independence.
After the inauguration, PM said, "Events like today are very important in a country's history and such events are difficult to erase".
Never thought would unveil it as country's PM: Modi
"It is Patel's efforts that have led our country to what it is today. It is my honor that I got a chance to pay the tribute to the great man. I had never thought that I would unveil it as the prime minister of the country," he said.