Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be unveiling a huge 72-feet statue of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay who was the co-founder of BJP’s predecessor Bharatiya Jana Sangh. The initiative will be held in the national capital, Delhi on Monday. The brass statue will be erected at a park called after the leader opposite BJP headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg in Delhi.
Monday i.e. 25 September 2023 also marks the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay who had prepared Jan Sangh’s political ideology. In the last few months, the work on the statue was already going on. Being a supporter of Hindutva, Upadhyay started a monthly publication called Rashtra Dharma in 1940. The statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyay would reveal him in his ideal attire like a kurta, dhoti, and a sleeveless jacket.
The security of the park has been made quite stricter over the weekend so that workers can work on the last-minute decoration work. According to sources, Modi will be unveiling the statue at 7 pm.
Along similar lines in 2020, Modi unveiled a 63-feet statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyay in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. You will be astonished to know that the ‘pancha loha’ statue is so far the tallest statue of the BJP ideologue in the nation. However, the Delhi installation would now take that place.
To come up with such a massive work of statue in Varanasi, it took 200 artisans to work for almost a year. Around 30 Odisha craftsmen and artists worked on the project at that time. However, the details of the Delhi statue installation are yet to be known.
Just like Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya also has an important role to play in BJP’s history.
Born in 1916 in Mathura, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worked as an RSS functionary and one of the key founding members of the Jan Sangh. he introduced Panchjanya in 1948 which remains to be the Sangh mouthpiece even to date.
Upadhyaya’s ideology of “integral humanism” and antyodaya (uplifting the most deprived) has been used by PM Modi in his speeches and also in his initiatives taken by the government for public welfare.
In many internal meetings, Amit Shah and JP Nadda have also taken the example of Upadhyaya to talk about how a foot soldier can advance to become the party president. “Finally came the red letter day in the annals of the Jan Sangh when this utterly unassuming leader of the party was raised to the high position of President in the year 1968,” is how the BJP records represent Upadhyaya’s journey to the top post.
Meanwhile, Modi recently laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Former India cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar and Ravi Shastri, BCCI President Roger Binny, its vice-president Rajiv Shukla, and secretary Jay Shah were also a part of the event. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also graced the function.
The Uttar Pradesh government said that it has spent ₹ 121 crore to obtain the land for the stadium while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will pay ₹ 330 crore for its construction.