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Meghalaya Guv hails Modi for Statue of Unity

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Governor Thursday hailed for inaugurating the statue of Patel in and said had the been made the after Independence there would not have been any problem.

Roy inaugurated a book 'Patel A Statesman Extraordinary' here.

Patel's 240 m statue, considered ther tallest in the world and called the Statue of Unity, has been in the centre of controversy since its inauguration by Modi on October 31 this year.

"I do not see any problem if a tries to show his respect and honour to a former deputy prime minister. I think that by inaugurating the tallest statue of Patel, Prime Minister has done a commendable job," Roy told newsmen here.

"He (Patel) was denied the post of the country's first prime minister and on the persistence of Gandhiji he was made the And he was the behind several princely states joining

"But he was not allowed to handle the issue because it was looked after by Had Gandhiji anointed Patel as the prime minister then there would have been no problem," Roy said.

Patel (18751950) was the first of and had helped in the unification of hundreds of princely states to

The governor also questioned the then central government's decision to support China's invasion of and annexing the region to its territory.

had annexed in 1950-51.

The is now using the land it had annexed in creating problems for India, Roy said.

"If the had then opposed the Chinese invasion of and let foreign powers use its land for the same reason then the annexing of Tibet could have been stopped. Tibet could have remained as the buffer state between India and and today's situation (Chinese intrusion in Arunachal Pradesh) could have not occured," Roy stated.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:05 IST