He feels that that particular congress leader of yesteryears did a good service to the Nation. His senior and Ex-PM Vajpayee always used to say that for a leader, the quality of loving his nation is more important than any other issue. Really the leader whom the PM took as his role model served the nation without any selfish nature.
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Though he was a Congress man Patel is considered as a strong leader all over India. He was seen by impartial people really as iron man. Hence Patel has respect from all over India irrespective of party loyalties. By erecting a statue for him, Modi has obtained the goodwill of people of Gujarat as both are sons of Gujarat. People outside Gujarat also would like this as Patel is considered the main person for enabling the unified India nation after Independence. His name becomes all the more relevant now when the anti-national interests are trying to bring out their dirty acts. The statue thus brings Patel's memories as a nostalgia and yearning for such a leader now.
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Sardar Patel banned the RSS after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. In a letter to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee written on 18 July 1948, Sardar Patel said "as [a] result of the activities of these two bodies, particularly the former, an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible. There is no doubt in my mind the extreme section of Hindu Mahasabha was involved in this conspiracy. The activities of the RSS constituted a clear threat to the existence of the Government and the State."
I read these views of Sardal Patel on Congress website.