A high-level delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Gujarat - including education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, minister of state of education Vasuben Trivedi, minister of state for civil supply Chhatrasinh Mori, seven MLAs and three MPs - paid obeisance at the Golden Temple on Wednesday.
They were in Amritsar to pray for the early completion of the world's tallest 182-meter structure 'Statue of Unity' to be built on the bank Narmada River under the aegis of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust.
The visiting delegation also collected 'Amrit' from the Golden Temple for the 'Statue of Unity'.
Giving details of the campaign to uniting the strength of farmers and villagers along with people's participation, Gujarat education minister and minister of state for civil supply said old iron farming tools would be collected from the villages across India as a token and would be used to construct the statue.
They added that the world's tallest 182-meter statue would be built by the inspiration of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi at Sadhubet near Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada. "Modi laid foundation stone of the Statue of Unity on October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel,"said Chudasama.
"Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a unique personality, who made unforgettable contributions to unite 562 princely states of the nation and fulfilled the dream of the united India. He was a constant inspiration for unity and integrity of the nation,"he maintained.
The leaders accompanying the ministers said the creation of the world's tallest statue, in true sense, would become a monument of India's unity.
They said for the purpose a special campaign would be started on December 15, the death anniversary of Sardar Patel, by the Gujarat government across seven lakh villages of the country.
Under the campaign, used iron farming tools would be collected from every village as donation and would be used for the construction of the statue, they added.
With the firm determination of "Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat", the Gujarat delegation called upon every citizen to cooperate in this endeavour to make India powerful, prosperous and united in the whole world.
BJP leaders from Punjab, including Vineet Joshi, assistant media advisor punjab government; Tarun Chugh, general secretary, Punjab BJP; Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, vice-president, Punjab BJP; Baldev Raj Chawla, former health minister, Punjab; and local leaders, including Bakshi Ram, mayor, the Amritsar municipal corporation and Naresh Sharma president of the district unit of BJP, were also present on the occasion.