Stating that environmental impact assessment (EIA) report was necessary for the proposed giant statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, a group of activists on Friday demanded immediate stoppage of work on the project.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said both the proposed memorials- that of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian sea off Mumbai and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's in Gujarat will be gigantic.
Amid the Congress-BJP war of words over legacy of leaders, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was "denied justice" during his life time and even after his death despite his contribution to the freedom struggle and unification of India.
In response the Prime Minister’s message to observe 31st of October as National Integration Day across the country, the students of the 80 Mount Litera Zee Schools across the country organized a Unity Run in their respective regions between the 31st October -10th of November in memory of Sardar V
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said the "entire Kashmir region would also have been an integral part of India" if the matter had been entrusted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
On the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Friday, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel performed the ground breaking ceremony of 'Shreshtha Bharat Bhavan' to be built at a cost of Rs 176 crore as part of the 'Statue of Unity' project near Kevadia in Narmada district.
Accusing BJP of trying to appropriate the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by organising functions sponsored by the central government on the occasion of his birth anniversary, ruling JD(U) today said it should instead "remember Muzaffarnagar and Trilokpuri riots".
Congress on Friday termed as "disgusting" and "petty-minded" the way the Narendra Modi Government marked the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi while the ruling BJP wondered if that party prefers to see history through the "perspective" of Nehru-Gandhi family.