Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat’s Kevadiya. PM officially unveiled the Statue of Unity by pulling lever for virtual ‘abhishek’ to the world’s tallest statue.
A Kiran aircraft flew past the statue on the occasion, leaving behind a tricolour blaze in the sky.
After the much awaited inauguration of the statue, PM Modi addressed a gathering of people. He said, ‘Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India. No Indian will ever forget this day. The entire nation is celebrating ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ today to celebrate Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.’
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Gujarat CM Rupani and deputy CM offered citation to PM Modi, thanking him for inaugurating the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.
The PM arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night ahead of the unveiling of the statue on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and headed to Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar for night stay.
Built on Sadhu Bet, an islet near the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the Statue of Unity will dwarf the current tallest statue, the Spring Temple Buddha in China (128m), and is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty.
Modi said in his address, ‘Events like today are very, very important in a country’s history and such events are difficult to erase. It is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians. I am fortunate to dedicate this statue of Sardar Sahab to the nation.’
He aid, ‘This is a project that we had thought about during the time when I was the chief minister of Gujarat. To build the Statue Of Unity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of soil and thus, a mass movement started.’