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‘Statue of Equality made in China’: Ra Ga’s ‘New India’ jibe to PM Narendra Modi

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today, February 9, took a jibe at the government’s Aatmanirbhar policy pointing out that the Statue of Equality was made in China. He asked if ‘New India is China-nirbhar’.

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“Statue of Equality is Made in China. ‘New India’ is China-nirbhar,” Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter today.

The statue is said to be the second tallest statue in a seated position in the world. It is made of panchloha which is an alloy comprising five metals — copper, silver, gold, zinc and titanium.

According to the project website, the 216-feet statue of Ramanujacharya in Hyderabad was made by a Chinese corporation. The contract for the ₹ 135 crore statue was awarded to China’s Aerosun Corporation in 2015.

The statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5. The statue, which is among the tallest metallic statues in sitting position in the world, is a tribute to the Hindu saint Sri Ramanujacharya.

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It is located in a 45-acre complex on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The Rs1,000-crore project was funded entirely by donations from devotees globally.

This strengthens Rahul Gandhi’s attack on PM Modi over China. In his speech at Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said the Chinese have a clear vision of what they want to do and India has allowed China and Pakistan to come closer, which has been the biggest strategic mistake. “The Chinese have a very clear vision of what they want to do. The single biggest strategic goal of India’s foreign policy has been to keep Pakistan and China separate. This is fundamental for India. What have you done? You have brought them together,” Rahul Gandhi said at his speech in the Lok Sabha.

“I can clearly see without any confusion in my mind that China has a plan… We are all nationalists. So, let us discuss properly. I can see that China has a clear-cut plan. The foundations of their plan have been put in place in Doklam and Ladakh. Do not underestimate what we are facing. This is a very, very serious threat to the Indian nation… We have made huge strategic mistakes in J&K. We have made huge strategic mistakes in our foreign policy…” he added.

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