MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi, who was in Gujarat on the occasion of Chhath Puja and to visit the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya Colony in Rajpipla, spent a few tense moments after he along with Gujarat energy minister Saurabh Patel and a few others from the Bihar delegation were stuck in a lift inside the massive statue.

Officials and security personnel were seen running helter-skelter to get the lift fixed which is believed to have stopped midway to the viewing gallery of the statue due to some snag in the power supply to the lift. The minister was shown around the statue and the exhibits at the viewing gallery by Saurabh Patel.

Speaking to journalists after his visit, Modi said that this statue, which is currently the tallest statue in the world, was the prime minister’s dream that has come true, for which even Bihar’s farmers had contributed their iron farm tools for construction. He next spoke about the attacks on non-Gujaratis in the state, which was allegedly spearheaded by Radhanpur MLA and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and said that Thakor now doesn’t have the guts to set foot on Bihar. Thakor is the secretary and party in-charge of Bihar Congress.

Thakor dismissed the allegations against him of inciting violence against North Indians in Gujarat and said that it was a shameless statement made by Modi on the occasion of Chhath Puja and that the minister is playing bad politics using caste identity. He claimed that these allegations are an attempt at undermining his efforts and fight for the rights of OBCs. He said he will definitely visit Bihar, even if it means a threat to his life.