MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela’s claim that the international airport in Ahmedabad was christened Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport during his government has turned out to be true after Vaghela’s social media strategist Parthesh Patel sent MeraNews a picture from the inauguration of the plaque depicting the naming ceremony of the airport.

After the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya Colony on October 31, Vaghela had said that one should not have an impression that the BJP loved Sardar, as it was their workers who had protested against his government’s decision to name the airport after Sardar.

A full-blown feud followed on social media between followers of the BJP and other parties, where BJP supporters claimed that the airport was named during the government of Keshubhai Patel in Gujarat and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the centre. To prove his claim, Vaghela decided to go to the airport himself to show the plaque that was installed to commemorate the naming event.

But much to his surprise and shock, the plaque was missing and the airport authorities could not give him a satisfactory answer on where did it go missing. The picture sent by Parthesh Patel, which is dated December 7, 1996, shows the then CM Vaghela flanked by the then prime minister Deve Gowda and Gujarat governor Krishnapal Singh standing in front of the plaque describing the naming of the airport as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and dedicating it to the nation.

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