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Maharana Pratap's statue unveiled

india Updated: Aug 21, 2007 14:28 IST

A life-size equestrian statue of Maharana Pratap, the warrior Rajput ruler of erstwhile Mewar in Rajasthan, was on Tuesday unveiled in Parliament complex.

The statue, donated by Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh, was unveiled by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

The entire top brass of the BJP, including its chief Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani, attended the function.

The statue, sculpted by Fakir Charan Pareeda, depicts a war scene with Maharana Pratap in battle regalia riding his favourite horse Chetak.

He is accompanied by his trusted lieutenents Jhala Beeda, who save Maharana Pratap's life during the battle of Haldigati in 1576 AD, Rana Poonja, Bhamashah and Hakim Khan Soor.

The function was also attended by former Prime Minister VP Singh, former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, senior cabinet ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Shivraj Patil and PR Dasmunsi.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, VK Malhotra, Arun Shourie, Congress MP from Rajasthan Sachin Pilot and Shiv Sena's Manohar Joshi also attended the ceremony.