Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-meter 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-meter statue for his disciple. Why is there such a big statue for a disciple of Gandhi in the country where there is no statue of that size for the Mahatma?” he asked.
I knew “Patel, a simple person, as the disciple of Gandhi,” 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.
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 they should not allow BJP to adopt him.
“Patel had worked along with Gandhi and strengthened the Congress party. We should remember him always,” Mr. Tharoor said.