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Waiting to be unveiled: Indira, Rajiv statues in Gujarat

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 00:35 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

Maa bete ke balidaan …yaad karega Hindustan (India will remember the sacrifices of the mother-son duo).

Cinema appear oblivious of a project yet to see the light of the day. Waiting to be unveiled, sheathed in plastic for six years, are bronze statues of former PMs Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.

As the Congress plans nationwide celebrations in the 125th year of its existence, its members in Gujarat are silent on the neglect of two of its greatest icons. In a state ruled by BJP poster-boy Narendra Modi, it isn’t politically correct to celebrate the Gandhis.

A Congress-ruled Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) spent Rs 10 lakh on conceiving the project in 2001. The statutes took shape in 2004. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was to unveil the statues.

But bickering and reported flaws in the statues delayed the launch, Congress sources said.

Then, in the 2005 local body elections, the Modi wave helped the BJP garner a decisive majority in the municipal body.

“Since then, we’ve carried several representations to the commissioner to get the statues unveiled. But there has been no response,” said former AMC mayor Himmat Singh Patel.

Incumbent BJP mayor Kanaji Thakor denies the charge. Instead, he blames the Congress of never raising the issue.