Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the world’s tallest statue (Statue of Unity) to the Nation, at Kevadiya in Gujarat. The 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary, at Kevadiya in Narmada District of Gujarat.
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The giant monument, named as the ‘Statue of Unity’ and built on an islet Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district, is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US and taller than the 153-metre Spring Temple Buddha in China.
The monument, ‘Statue of Unity’, was conceptualised by Modi during his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister and he had laid the foundation stone for it in 2013.
Patel, the first Home Minister of Independent India, is credited with merging 550 princely states into the Union of India. He had used force to annex princely states of Junagadh ruled by Nawab and Hyderabad ruled by Nizam, both of whom had wished not to merge their states with the India union.
Wednesday’s ceremony, which coincided with the 143rd birth anniversary of Patel, also known as the ‘Iron man of India’, was attended by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah besides a number of other leaders hailing from Gujarat.