India on Wednesday inaugurated the world's tallest statue, a towering bronze effigy of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country's first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947.
"October 31 also is the death anniversary of our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi".
A campaign called "Loha" was launched to collect iron from all over the country to build the statue of Sardar Patel.
It is nearly 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and nearly twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in NY. The chiefs of 22 villages near the statue signed an open letter calling on Modi to stay away from the inauguration. He's the man behind the tallest statue in the world - the statue of unity.
"We bow to the great Sardar Patel, the stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, on his Jayanti", he tweeted.
The statue has been sculpted by the famous Indian father-son duo of Ram and Anil Sutar, noted for their depictions of various Indian politicians.
The BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have time and again spoken on how the Congress did not give Sadar Patel the credit and recognition he deserved.
"This memorial to Sardar is going to become a worldwide tourist attraction", claimed Prime Minister Modi, in a promotional video in Hindi about the statue.
The Statue of Unity cost around $400 million to build.
Mr Modi will dedicate the statue on October 31, Wednesday.
Activists said about a dozen of their leaders had been detained ahead of the spectacular opening of the 182-metre (600-foot) tall tribute to Indian independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with air force jets and helicopters to shower flowers on the statue during a flypast.
Some political commentators have criticized Modi for his expenditure on the statue complex at a time when the adivasi indigenous people who farm the land acquired for it are in economic straits and have protested against it.
Online booking to visit the Statue of Unity has opened with a INR350 ($4.75) admission fee for the 153-metre-high observation deck.
The monument will have a museum with 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs and a research centre dedicated to Patel's life and work.
The Gujarat government expects the statue to boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000.