12 Gujarat officers in UP to promote Modi's Run for Unity
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Gujarat chief minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has sent a group of 12 officers, including IAS, IPS and IFS (Indian Forest Service), to UP to oversee the preparations of 'Run for Unity' being organised on December 15 to garner support for his pet 'Statue of Unity' project.
The Statue of Unity is a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to be built on an island on Narmada river at the cost of Rs 2,074 crore.
The 'Run for Unity' is being organised by Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust — formed under chairmanship of Modi. Sources said that members of the Trust, led by Gujarat ministers, are expected to meet UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and address the press at various places.
The state BJP leaders claimed that no officer from Gujarat has contacted them so far for any help regarding the event.
A senior official of Gujarat government, however, said 12 officers, including Vadodara range DIG Anupam Singh Gahlot, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Manoj Agrawal, IGP Anil Pratham, Additional Principal Conservator of Forests H S Singh and Deputy Secretary in Gujarat's finance department Rajendra Joshi, have already toured UP to oversee the preparations for the 'Run for Unity'.
Talking to The Indian Express over phone, DIG Gahlot said, "From Friday onwards, I toured three districts including Agra, Aligarh and Bareilly and visited some schools to meet teachers and appeal them to coordinate other institutions for 'Run for Unity'."
A Chartered Accountant in Agra told The Indian Express, "I was told that an officer from Gujarat wants to meet me. I was asked to reach a marriage lawn where 25 other people were already present. There IPS officer Gahlot asked us to mobilise the masses to take part in the event."