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vicin­ity of Sar­dar Sarovar Dam in Narmada dis­trict,” chief sec­re­tary J N Singh told HT, re­call­ing the first brief on the colos­sal project, which was over­seen by Sar­dar Val­lab­hai Pa­tel Rashtriya Ekta Manch (SVPREM) with the then Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter as chair­man.

Stages in the con­struc­tion of the statue have co­in­cided with turn­ing points in the Modi’s po­lit­i­cal jour­ney. It was an­nounced at a time when In­dia had be­gun de­bat­ing a pos­si­ble na­tional role for the Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter. The foun­da­tion-lay­ing cer­e­mony, on Oc­to­ber 31, 2013, kick-started his 2014 Lok Sabha cam­paign. And its com­ple­tion and in­au­gu­ra­tion, ex­actly 5 years later on Oc­to­ber 31, is be­ing seen as the be­gin­ning of Modi’s cam­paign for a sec­ond term in next year’s gen­eral election.

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“Tourists com­ing to In­dia visit the Taj Ma­hal. Soon, they will

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