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Rahul Gandhi: ‘Congressman’ Sardar Patel had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism

In another tweet, Rahul Gandhi accused the government of "treason", saying there was a "systematic destruction" of institutions that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had helped in building.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused the government of “treason”. (File)

On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the world’s tallest, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a subtle dig at the BJP, said the Iron Man of India was a “Congressman” who had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism.

Paying tribute to Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary, Gandhi said, “Sardar Patel was a patriot, who fought for an independent, united & secular India. A man with a steely will, tempered by compassion, he was a Congressman to the core, who had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism. On his birth anniversary, I salute this great son of India.”

The ‘Statue of Unity’, built on islet Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district, was dedicated to the nation by PM Modi in a grand event that was planned on the scale of the Republic Day celebrations and was attended by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah.

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In another tweet, Gandhi accused the government of “treason”, saying there was a “systematic destruction” of institutions that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had helped in building. Patel, the first Home Minister of Independent India, is credited with uniting 500 princely states into the Union.

“Ironic that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed. The systematic destruction of India’s institutions is nothing short of treason,” Gandhi said.

The Congress chief’s remarks come on the back of a tiff between the RBI and the government over interference in the central bank’s functioning and the ongoing crisis in the CBI.