International Development News
Development News Edition

Veteran CPI leader SS Reddy asks Modi govt, why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi


Veteran CPI leader SS Reddy asks Modi govt, why not a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi
He said while there was no objection over the monument built for Patel, what was surprising was why a bigger statue for the father of the nation, who was also born in Gujarat, was not thought of. (YouTube)

On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an imposing 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the world's tallest, veteran Communist leader Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy demanded to know why a bigger statue of Mahatma Gandhi was not built by the BJP.

He said while there was no objection over the monument built for Patel, what was surprising was why a bigger statue for the father of the nation, who was also born in Gujarat, was not thought of.

"They (BJP) do not like his (Gandhi's) secularism, that is why they have not taken up (build his statue). Instead, they have gone for Patel, who had rightist ideas," the CPI general secretary alleged.

Reddy also charged the BJP with trying to "appropriate" the legacy of Patel.

"We have no objection to Sardar Patel's statue. With all due respect to him (Patel), we feel Mahatma Gandhi is the tallest leader of Indian politics...Indian people...he is the father of the nation," he told PTI.

"Mahatma Gandhi's statue should have been bigger, he is the leader of the highest stature than anybody else," he said.

Noting that Patel had banned the RSS for some time after Gandhi's assassination, Reddy said, "he (Patel) can never be the leader of the BJP or Sangh Pariwar though these people try to 'snatch' him from the Congress".

"They prefer Patel because he was a rightist leader...political, ideological and academic issues--he was towards the right. BJP wants to somehow, take him as their leader...they do not have a national leader of big stature, so, they want to snatch Patel from Congress party," Reddy claimed.

(With inputs from agencies.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

How music can help expectant mothers during pregnancy

Music provides pleasant ambience for all but its more important for expectant mothers as besides ensuring pleasant environment for them it also directly and indirectly influences the unborn babies. There are various scientific findings to c...

EdTech: A technical approach to flexible and cost-effective education

Its hight time for the world to go for innovative approaches like e-learning over traditional learning methods that need physical infrastructure, long-term planning, and huge investment. ...

Our school campaigns are our strongest ally: Joaquin Antuna, founder of Peace and Cooperation

Joaquin Antuna is the founder of Peace and Cooperation, a Spanish NGO which was nominated as peace messenger by the United Nations in 1986. Antuna is of very firm opinion that in order to have an incisive impact on the community we live in,...

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

Videos

Latest News

UPDATE 5-Democratic 2020 candidates unite on impeachment but differ on policy in polite debate

Democratic White House contenders united in supporting the impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump at a debate on Wednesday that featured differences on policy details but few of the bitter attacks on one another that ...

Online Tickets go live for the Indian hockey team's Pro League home games

Hockey India on Thursday announced that the sale of online tickets for the Indian home matches in the much-anticipated FIH Hockey Pro League 2020. It will be the first time that India will be participating in the FIH Hockey Pro-League 2020,...

Four Cong MLAs in Kerala censured by Speaker for

Four Cong MLAs in Kerala censured by Speaker forclimbing on to his dais and raising slogans against a policelathicharge....

Answer every question raised on restrictions imposed in Kashmir: SC to JK

The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Jammu and Kashmir administration that it will have to respond to each and every question raised on the restrictions imposed in the erstwhile state after the abrogation of Article 370. A bench headed by...

Give Feedback