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Posted on Oct 31, 10:07PM | UNI
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the union government's gesture to award 'Bharat Ratna' to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1991 was a belated move to honour the 'Iron man of India'.
Paying tributes to Sardar Patel on his 137th birth anniversary today on his blog, Mr Modi said, 'Sardar Saheb has not got his due from the same party to which he devoted his entire life and remained a disciplined soldier till his last breath. What could be more unfortunate than the fact that Sardar Patel was honoured with the Bharat Ratna as late as in 1991, a full 41 years after his demise?' He said, 'We in Gujarat have always tried to walk on the path shown by Sardar Patel in the last decade and have sought to preserve his ideals for our future generations. In this quest we are building Sardar Patel's 'Statue of Unity' as a tribute to this great man.
"At a height of 182 metres, this statue will be built on Narmada and is envisioned as a pilgrimage centre encapsulating the unity and integrity of India along with its rich culture and heritage. It will also have a high tech museum covering 90 years of India's freedom struggle from 1857 till 1947."