BJP team collects holy water, earth from Golden Temple for Sardar Patel statue

A top-level Bharatiya Janata Party leaders' delegation today collected holy water and a pot full of earth from Golden Temple for the proposed 182-metre-giant statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Narmada. Headed by Gujrat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudesama, a close aide of the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi, the delegation members said 'Amrit' would be placed near the statue which would be the specimen of unity and integrity of India.

Chudesama was accompanied by two other ministers, Vasuben Trivedi and Chattarsinhji Mori, who were welcomed by the Punjab BJP vice-president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina and general secretary Tarun Chugh. The delegation is travelling across India to collect earth and water from all holy shrines for the statue of Sardar Patel which is tipped to be the world's tallest.

Chudesama said Golden Tempe is the centre of faith for people across the world. He said as the statue aims to propagate the unity and integrity of the country for which Patel had lived, it is imminent that holy water and earth from here would be kept at the museum to be built near the statue. The delegation members also visited historic Khalsa College where they appreciated the grandeur architecture of the 121-year-old building. They also witnessed the Retreat ceremony at Attari Border.

Chhina said by the end of 2013 800 tonnes of used iron would be collected from five lakh villages from across the country. As many as 12,000 villages from Punjab would contribute to it.

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