The statue of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was removed on Thursday from Balsan Chauraha in Allahabad, upsetting the Congress. Slamming the government, the national party said the move was an insult to the former Prime Minister.
Congress and Samajwadi Party staged a protest accusing the government of removing the statue intentionally. They also stopped a crane and shouted slogans against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath.
They asked whether there was any need to remove Nehru’s statue for the beautification purpose. It also asked why the statue of Deen Daye Upadhyay on the same road has not been removed. The Opposition party also alleged that the government was trying to do away with Nehru’s ideologies which wouldn’t be tolerated. The protesters said that the matter would be taken to higher authorities.
The Allahabad Development Authority, however, clarified that the step was only taken due to beautification work, ahead of the coming Kumbh Mela that is to be held in January. 'Due to broadening of the road near the park at Balsan Crossing in view of upcoming Kumbh Mela, the former PM Nehru ji’s statue had to be shifted. It was only shifted barely 30 m away from its original spot and with full respect and honour,' it said in a statement.
Senior Congress leader, Raj Babbar, tweeted, 'Statue of late Rajiv Gandhi was broken from PM’s constituency Varanasi. Pandit Nehru’s statue was lifted in a crane to be shifted. History will remember BJP’s arrogance. We will not forget this picture. This is our pain as well as inspiration.'