PM Modi to unveil 64-ft-tall statue of Sir Chhotu Ram


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, File Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, File Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 64-feet-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at the latter’s native village in Sampla in Haryana’s Rohtak district on Tuesday, officials said.

“The contributions of Sir Chhotu Ram to society cannot be forgotten. He is an inspiration for our future generations. Later in the day, the PM will address a public meeting, ‘Deenbandhu Smriti Rally’ here,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters on Sunday after visiting the site of the statue, which is also the venue for the public meeting.

Haryana Minister of State for Health and Engineering, Banwari Lal, who accompanied the CM during the site visit, said, “Renowned sculptor and Padma Bhushan recipient Ram Vanji Sutar has sculpted the 64-feet-tall statue. As many as 5,500 farmers from the state donated from half kg to two kg iron for construction of the statue.”

On the day, the PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone for a rail coach refurbishing and rehabilitation factory in Barhi, Sonipat.

Other than Khattar and few Haryana ministers, the functions will be attended by Satyadeo Narain Arya, Acharya Devvrat and Satya Pal Malik, the governors of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir respectively.

Further, Union Ministers Birender Singh, who is grandson of Sir Chottu Ram, Piyush Goyal, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Congress MP from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda are expected to be present during the unveiling ceremony.

“The unveiling of Sir Chhotu Ram’s statue is an honour for all the farmers in the country. On the occasion, the prime minister will visit the museum based on Sir Chhotu Ram’s life, where scenes recreated from his life and items belonging to the farmer leader would be put on display,” Banwari Lal said.

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements have been put in place in Rohtak in view of the PM’s visit.