Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal handed over the bust of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the ambassador of France to India, Alexander Ziegler, on Tuesday for its installation at the French city of Saint Tropez. City’s deputy mayor Henri Allard was also present to receive the bust.
Badal said the Akali-BJP alliance government in Punjab was following in the footsteps of Maharaja Ranjit Singh to ensure the wellbeing of people, an official spokesman said.
Badal said that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was a great emperor who was secular and socialist and followed the ideals of the Sikh Gurus. Thanking the France government and the authorities of French tourist city Saint Tropez for their decision to install bust of the Sikh emperor there, the CM said that it would further strengthen the ties between India and France. Recalling the historic bond between both the countries, especially between Punjab and France, he said that the Sikh emperor had chosen French warrior General Jean Franquis Allard to modernize his army to check the expansion of British Raj.
The 2 feet and 8.68 inches tall and 110 kg bronze bust has been sculpted by Prabhat Murti Kala Kendra in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.