Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum at Shahibaug on October 29. The Prime Minister will share the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who has earlier severely criticised him on several issues including economic and security matters.
The BJP and Modi, in the past, accused the Congress of not giving the right due to ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Patel, who was instrumental in keeping the country united after Independence in 1947. The main Opposition party has also accused the Congress of glorifying the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty while ignoring prominent national leaders like Patel.
On Thursday, Modi will lay the foundation stone of a gigantic statue of the first home minister of the country near Sardar Sarovar dam. The Gujarat CM has sent a special invite to Union Minister Jairam Ramesh for attending the ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Sardar Patel Memorial Trust, which renovated the museum, has stated that the Modi government did not contribute anything. The chairman of the Trust, Union Minister Dinsha Patel, told mediapersons that while Modi’s predecessor Keshubhai Patel had significantly contributed to the establishment and running of the trust, Modi did not do anything. Despite the past acrimony, the Union Minister said, the PM ensured that Modi was invited to the inauguration of the museum in his capacity as the Gujarat CM.