Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday. While they erected a 182 Metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.
Modi unveiling the 182 metre statue in his home state of Gujarat on Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary. Addressed the criticism of the decision to build the monument.
Congress leader said that there was not such gigantic statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.
He added, “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 Gandhi Ji in the country”.
Patel was a very simple person and known as the disciple of Gandhi Ji. 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 also with poor peasants, Tharoor said.
Tharoor said, BJP had no answer to the question why they did not erect a bigger statue of the Mahatma Gandhi. The reason is that they do not believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence.
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. BJP should not be allowed to adopt him.
Gandhi said Patel was patriot , who fought for a independent , united and secular India.
Patel had worked along with Gandhi Ji and strengthened the Congress party. we should remember him always, Tharoor said.
Congress leader said, Every year BJP remembers a different freedom fighter like Patel, Gandhi for Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and Dr b R Ambedkar and Subhas Chandra Bose. These are all their election stunts. They never respect for those who fought for the freedom of India.
Kharge said that, J. Nehru was the Prime Minister while Patel was Home Minister. Naturally credit goes to the prime Minister. It is not good to project somebody to undermine somebody else.
Reddy, CPI Chief, Demanded to now why a bigger statue of Mahatma Gandhi was not built by the BJP.