The world's tallest statue is being unveiled in the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India has just unveiled the world's tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, standing 597 feet, which makes it nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.
Sardar Patel is credited for unifying all of the 562 princely states in pre-independence India to form what is today the Republic of India.More news: Priyanka Chopra looks like the happiest bride ever at her bridal shower
India Wednesday inaugurated the world's biggest statue with pomp, fireworks and tight security amid an outcry among local groups over the cost of the 182 metre (600 feet) high reproduction of an Indian independence hero.
Indian air force planes showered flower petals on the statue during its unveiling.
Funds for the statue came from the federal government, state-run companies and other institutions, and it was built in 33 months by construction and engineering company Larsen & Toubro Ltd. However, this project was started by PM Modi five years ago, when he was a Chief Minister of Gujarat on 31st October 2013.
The accusations are a distortion of history, says Congress, which ruled India for much of its independence history and is now led by Rahul Gandhi, the great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.More news: Another suspicious package addressed to CNN intercepted in Atlanta
The statue is more than twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty.
In the largely tribal town of Dediapada, roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the statue, villagers shuttered shops and closed the main market for the day in protest.
In an ironic twist, Patel is reported to have said during his lifetime that he was against the concept of buildings and statues being built to glorify individuals.
Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity. It is made up of almost 100,000 tonnes of concrete and steel.More news: Anthony Martial does not understand how good he is, says Nemanja Matic
India is also working on a giant statue of 17th-century warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, riding a horse and brandishing a sword, which should dominate the Mumbai shoreline from 2021.