Congress’ Controversial Response on BJP & Patel’s Statue!

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An election gimmick', 'a treason'? Why Sardar Patel! Here’s How Congress reacts to Statue of Unity
An election gimmick', 'a treason'? Why Sardar Patel! Here’s How Congress reacts to Statue of Unity

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s tallest statue to celebrate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Opposition parties questioned the BJP as to why there was no bigger statue for a great leader like Mahatma Gandhi and also accused it of trying to “hijack” the legacy of Independence heroes like Sardar Patel!

Shashi Tharoor asks why BJP has not built bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi
 
An election gimmick', 'a treason'? Why Sardar Patel! Here’s How Congress reacts to Statue of Unity
Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.

Addressing a function at the district Congress committee office in Thiruvananthapuram, the Congress leader said there was no such gigantic statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.

“The biggest one is in Parliament..But this is a 182 metre statue for his disciple. Why is there such a big statue for a disciple of Gandhiji in the country where there is no statue of that size for the Mahatma?” he asked.

“Patel, a very simple person, was known as the disciple of Gandhiji,” Mr Tharoor said.

“I am asking a question…Is it right to erect such an imposing statue of Patel, a man of simplicity and a true Gandhian, who moved along with poor peasants,” he said.

Mr Tharoor said BJP had no answer to the query why they did not erect a bigger statue of the Mahatma.

Mr Tharoor said BJP had no answer to the query why they did not erect a bigger statue of the Mahatma.

The reason is that they do not believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, he alleged.

He also alleged that BJP was trying to “hijack” the legacy of freedom fighters and national heroes like Patel as they have no leaders of their own in history to celebrate.

He said Sardar Patel was a Congress leader and BJP should not be allowed to adopt him.

“Patel had worked along with Gandhiji and strengthened the Congress party. We should remember him always,” Mr Tharoor said.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Modi

He said it is “ironic” that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being destroyed while BSP chief Mayawati demanded an apology from the BJP and the RSS who flayed her over the statues of Dalit leaders her government had installed in Uttar Pradesh.

Gandhi also alleged that the “systematic destruction” of India’s institutions is nothing short of “treason”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018 inaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the world’s tallest, on an islet Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district.

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