Congress fine with Gandhi family statues, but not with Sardar Patel’s: BJP

The proposed statue of Sardar Patel will be the tallest statue in the world, Modi said. It will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.

Updated: Nov 01, 2013, 12:29 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The political fight over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy is far from over, with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hitting out at the Congress saying the party discriminates when it comes to making memorials of family members of the Gandhi.

BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress party of discrimination, saying that there is no problem when the statues of members of the Gandhi family are built, but leaders of the ruling party oppose when a statue of Sardar Patel is being constructed.

On Tuesday, the prime minister and the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate were locked in an ideological battle over Sardar Patel, with Narendra Modi wishing the "Iron Man" had been India`s first prime minister and Manmohan Singh underlining that Patel was a Congress leader and secular to the core.

Earlier, Congress leader Manish Tewari had also hit out at the BJP saying that India`s first home minister Sardar Patel was opposed to the RSS, and asked whether the BJP agrees with his views.

He said that the BJP and Modi were trying to hijack Sardar Patel`s legacy.

BJP leader LK Advani yesterday laid the foundation stone of the proposed 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Patel.

The proposed statue of Sardar Patel will be the tallest statue in the world, Modi said. It will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.