Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, BSP chief Mayawati sought an apology from the BJP for its comments in the past against installation of statues of Dalit icons.
The statue stretches to 182 meters, looking over the Narmada River in the state of Gujarat. "It is a tribute to the man who united India, Sardar Patel". Further, he also sowed the seed for the All India Service which houses the Civil Service comprising Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS).
The statue is more than twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty and also dwarfs the 128 metre (400 feet) high Spring Temple Buddha in China, the world's next-biggest statue.
The "Statue of Unity" is double the size of the Statue of Liberty in NY standing 240 metres high. Having cost $430 million to build, the monument - residing in the western state of Gujarat - celebrates independence leader, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Indian air force planes showered flower petals on the statue.
Image of the Statue of Unity.
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The Statue of Unity website, which has given the structure the tagline, "the statue as grand as the stature", says: "Built in less than five years, it is the world's tallest, grandest and giant statue".
It has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 metric tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure.
But the statue depicts will be unfamiliar to many outside the country.
Patel led the Indian National Congress which forged the Indian movement for independence, following World War II when the party put pressure on the British government to pass an independence bill in July 1947.
Along with a visitor's centre, the Statue of Unity will have a viewing gallery at more than 152 metres, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time, offering expansive views of the surrounding area.
The bronze statue is made up of almost 100,000 tons of steel and concrete. Farmers and members of India's tribal communities protested the statue before it was unveiled.