At Chhotaudepur, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki will also be unveiling a statue of Birsa Munda, a tribal of the present-day Jharkhand state, who organised a revolt by tribals against the British rulers in the late 19th century. Indian Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Brar, MLA from Punjab, is also coming to address the tribal gathering at Chhotaudepur.
A life-size statue of Birsa Munda was put up at the Jhanda Chowk of Chhotaudepur a few months back but it courted a controversy. An English teacher at the Mohansinh Rathwa College of Arts at Pavijetpur, Arjun Rathwa, had objected to the statue that looked like that of a man around 50-55-year-old while Birsa Munda was only 25 when he was martyred. The carved figure was subsequently broken by some unidentified persons but Arjun Rathwa was booked in this case and arrested. He spent a few days in judicial lock up and was subsequently suspended. He is currently out on bail.Former Congress MP Naranbhai Rathwa said that the statue had again been sculptured as per the approved design of the one in Parliament and it would be unveiled by state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki on Tuesday. AICC general secretary Deepak Babria would be among the Congress leaders to address the tribal rally at Mangadh Hills in Panchmahals district where more than 1,500 Bhil tribals led by tribal reformer Govind Guru were killed in a revolt against the then British rulers on November 17, 1913.