Prime Minster recently has inaugurated Statue of Equality of Ramanujacharya in a Hyderabad temple. The statue is 216 feet tall and has been creating a controversy. Rahul Gandhi claimed that the Statue of Equality is Made in China and has criticized Atmanirbhar Bharat vision of Prime Minister.
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Culture has condemned the attacks made by Rahul Gandhi and said that he is an ignorant and shallow man.
Statue of Equality was made by Aerosun Corporation, a Chinese company. It was casted in China and was assembled in India. G Kishan Reddy has said that government did not pass the tender of the project. It is a private initiative whose foundations were laid 8 years ago. He also said that the statue was conceived before Atmanirbhar Bharat vision.
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Aerosun Corporation took the tender for making the statue in 2015. An Indian company was also bidding for the tender but the Chinese company won the tender. It took 15months to install the statue.
Statue of Equality is situated inside Samata Kendram, temple situated in Samshabad near airport. The complex is built on 45 acres of land that is donated by Jupaally Rameswar Rao, an industrialist. The project was conceived by Chinna Jeeyar Swamy. The project is made entirely on donations and it costed a total of Rs 1000 crore. The statue was built for Rs 135 crore.