Himachal CM unveils statue of Jhansi ki Rani Laxmi Bai

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    Shimla: Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Himachal, unveiled the 15 feet high three tonnes weighing horse riding statue of the crusader of Freedom Movement of India, Queen of Jhansi, late Laxmi Bai, at Rani Jhansi Park, in the heart of the town in recognition of her contribution and mark of respect. The statue sculptured by Shri Faqir Charan Parida of Haridwar and cost of the Statue is Rs. 26 lakh.
    Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister said that the State Government would explore possibilities of raising memorial of freedom fighters from district Shimla in the park as a tribute to the great warriors who had laid down their lives to strengthen the Freedom Movement in the country. He said that the department of language and Culture was compiling data of the freedom fighters district wise to maintain their record at all district headquarters for the future generations to take inspiration from the sacrifice their ancestors had made to give momentum to the Freedom Movement in the country. He said that late Rani Laxmi Bai had led the revolt against foreign rulers over 150 years ago in the year 1857 and many rulers of erstwhile states joined her besides people from all walks of life to strengthen the movement. He said that it was under her leadership that spark of revolt spread in the entire nation. He said that the statue installed in the Park would keep future generations reminding of the great warrior Jhansi Ki Maharani Laxmi Bai and her acts of courage. He said that additionally light and sound system would also be incorporated to the other infrastructural facilities to high light the heritage park which was bound to give boost to heritage tourism.
    Prof. Dhumal said that Himachal Pradesh was also known as Land of Warriors and State Government had extended due honour to the warriors who contributed significantly for the cause of the nation. He said that besides raising the statue of former Prime Minister of India, late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, statue of First Param Vir Chakara Awardee of Independent India, Major Som Nath Sharma, had been installed in the village he was born near Palampur, statue of Lt. Hari Singh installed at Chopal, as a mark of respect to the soldiers who brought Himachal pride.
    Chief Minister also inaugurated the main gate to the park and honoured sculpture and other officials who contributed significantly towards the installation of the statue. He also released the folder brought out to mark the ceremony.