I am fortunate to dedicate this statue of Sardar Sahab to the nation: PM Modi.
The Statue of Unity website, which has given the structure the tagline, "the statue as grand as the stature", says: "Built in less than five years, it is the world's tallest, grandest and giant statue".
Former Gujarat chief ministers Suresh Mehta and Shankersinh Vaghela have also come out against the extravaganza. An engineering marvel, the project has been constructed in a record time of 33 months. "Is remembering the country's great personalities a crime?"
The project was commissioned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2010, when he was the state's chief minister.
According to CNN, the towering figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a popular political and social leader, who was part of the freedom struggle that resulted in India's independence from British colonial rule in 1947, will be unveiled on 31 October.
The statue of Vallabhbhai "Sardar" Patel, one of the heroes of India's independence movement, will stand 188m (597ft) tall in Mr Modi's home state of Gujarat and has been dubbed the "Statue of Unity".
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Gujarat government chief secretary JN Singh said that dance troupes from across India would perform at the inauguration.
The BJP strongly believes that Sardar Patel was responsible for uniting India and making what it is today. Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India.The statue can withstand severe wind velocity and severe earthquakes.
The statue is more than twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty and also dwarfs the 128-metre Spring Temple Buddha in China, the world's second-biggest statue.
A viewing gallery at a height of 135 metres has been created inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of the dam and nearby mountain ranges.
Anand Mazgaonkar, a community group leader in Narmada district of Gujarat state where the statue has been built over the past four years, said plain clothes police took away 12 people late Tuesday to the local police headquarters.