PM expresses happiness over Deve Gowda’s visit to Statue of Unity; Gowda praises Modi for constructing tallest statue

BENGALURU, Oct 14: Acknowledging JD(S) supremoH D Deve Gowda lauding his efforts towards constructing theworld’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Gujarat,Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness over theformer PM’s recent visit to the Statue of Unity.Gowda, who has been openly critical of the BJP andModi in the past, also had recently appreciated Modi forplogging barefoot at a beach in Mamallapuram and termed it”inspiring.

“The former prime minister’s repeated appreciation forModi and his party’s conduct during the recently concludedAssembly session has given rise to speculation within thestate’s political circles that JD(S) was going soft on theBJP-led government at the Centre.”Former Prime Minister Shri H D Deve Gowda praised thePrime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for making of theworld’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Gujarat,”a post on the Prime Minister’s official website said.Gowda recalled Ahmedabad airport was renamed as SardarVallabhai Patel International airport and that a memorial forthe former Union Home Minister was built in his home town atNadiad, Gujarat in the past, it said.

These have been brought to a logical end by theconstruction of world’s tallest statue for the Iron Man ofIndia, it said.In the visitor’s book, Gowda said, “it is one of thegreat spots… which will be remembered for the contributionmade by Shri Sardar Patel to bring (about) unity of the Nationas Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister…”He said it had been made more attractive andindigenous and that is why people across the globe arevisiting these places and enjoying the beauty of both theStatue of Unity as well as Sardar Sarovar Dam, the post said.”Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressedhappiness after former Prime Minister Shri H D Deve Gowdavisited the Statue of Unity,” it added.Gowda visited the Statue of Unity in Gujarat onOctober 5, and tweeted about his visit along with pictures.Reacting to this Modi tweeted, “Happy to see ourformer PM Shri @H_D_Devegowda Ji visit the Statue of Unity.On the Prime Minister plogging on the Mamallapurambeach during his Tamil Nadu visit for his informal summit withChinese President Xi Jinping, Gowda said it was an “inspiring”start towards a plastic-free India.”I saw the video of @narendramodi plogging barefoot ata beach in Mamallapuram, TN. This is an inspiring start totraverse towards a plastic-free India,” he said.The warm Twitter exchange between Gowda and Modi andthe bonhomie between JD(S) led by former Chief Minister H DKumaraswamy with the ruling BJP in Karnataka during the recentstate assembly session has triggered speculation that theparty was going soft on the saffron party.With the Congress in the assembly led by oppositionleader Siddaramaaih attacking the BJP governments at the stateand centre over handling of flood relief and delay in centralaid, Kumaraswamy recently asked the government to take it as a”challenge” and respond to the needs of the affected people.”This is not an issue or time to do politics,” he saidas he extended his party’s cooperation to the government inrelief measures being undertaken, and asked it to clear theanomalies that exist. (PTI)