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Tharoor asks why BJP has not built bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi

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Published on November 05, 2018 with No Comments

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

Addressing the district Congress committee, the Congress leader said there was no such gigantic statue for 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,” 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.

Tharoor said the 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 the 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 Patel was a Congress leader and the BJP should not be allowed to adopt him. “Patel had worked along with Gandhiji and strengthened the Congress party. We should remember him always,” Tharoor said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 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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