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Kalam unveils Shivaji statue

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The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, sharing a lighter moment with the Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, at the unveiling of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on the Parliament House lawns in New Delhi on Monday. The others (from left) are: the Finance Minister, Jaswant Singh, the Rajya Sabha Chairperson, Najma Heptullah, the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Manohar Joshi, the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, the Union Health Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and the Leader of the Opposition, Sonia Gandhi, — Photo: S. Arneja

NEW DELHI APRIL 28. The President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, unveiled an equestrian statue of the Maratha warrior, Shivaji, in the Parliament House complex here this evening in the presence of the leading lights of Indian polity. He also unveiled a statue of the religious leader and social reformer, Basaveshswara.

Among those present at the function to unveil the 18-feet high bronze statue of Shivaji — sculpted by Ram Sutar — were the Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat; the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee; the Deputy Prime Minister, L. K. Advani; the Lok Sabha Speaker, Manohar Joshi; and the Leader of the Opposition, Sonia Gandhi.

Many MPs who attended the function donned saffron turbans and joined in the war chants associated with Shivaji.

The statue of Basaveshswara was donated by Sharanabasavappa Appa, head of the Sharanabasaveshswar Sansthan (Gulbarga).

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