The Gujarat high court on Friday reserved its decision on a PIL questioning chief minister Narendra Modi’s dream project of ‘Statue of Unity’ on an island in the Narmada river. In 2010, Modi proposed erecting a 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Patel. On October 31 this year, he laid the foundation stone for the multi-crore project and began a nationwide campaign to collect iron for the statue.
The PIL challenged the state government’s decision to spend huge amounts of public money on this project merely to fulfill Modi’s desire to gain some political mileage before the 2014 general elections.The petitioner also alleged that the Modi government had nothing to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the current campus of Gujarat high court for a decade. It was at the initiative of judicial members that Gandhi’s statue was installed. In fact, during the inaugural function for the court campus, then CM Keshubhai Patel had promised to build Gandhi’s statue.