"The Congress has kept their own leaders and freedom fighters such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi of Assam, Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh in the shadows. They promoted only one family," BJP Kisan Morcha national president Om Prakash Dhankar said.
Without naming any family, he said, "The government which is not able to recognize the efforts of these freedom fighters has no right to be in power.”
"Bordoloi (first Chief Minister of Assam) who fought hard to keep Assam with India instead of becoming a part of the then East Pakistan during Partition was given Bharat Ratna only during the term of our Atal Behari Vajpayee government," Dhankar said.
"The problem of Kashmir would not have been there if Sardar Patel had been the first Prime Minister of India," he added.     

Describing him as the architect of united India, Dhankar said, "Sardar Patel's secularism put India above everything else and the country needs it today. It was his efforts that brought the princely states in India".
"Through BJP's pan-India Statue of Unity Movement, Sardar Patel has now come back to the public memory to unite the country. The statue is an initiative of the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government to pay tribute to Sardar Patel by erecting the world's tallest statue. It will be 182 meters tall, three times the height of the Statue of Liberty in USA," the BJP leader said.
The statue of India's first Home Minister would cost Rs 2,500 crore and would be made of iron and soil collected from each village in the country, he said.
The BJP Kisan morcha leader said tAssam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was also welcome to send iron and soil from his state for construction of the statue.


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