As PM Modi prepares to lay the foundation stone of the massive 309 ft Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea in what is projected to be a Rs 3,600 crore project, many in the country are fiercely criticising the move.
The massive expenditure to be incurred on the part of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in Maharashtra has raised many eyebrows. Though opinions remained divided, here are some of the best Twitter reactions from Tweeples across India:
Some important questions
#ShivajiMemorial will be an iconic landmark for Mumbai, but at cost of better roads, drainage, education, medical facilities, I’m not sure.— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) December 24, 2016
That #ShivajiMemorial will look awesome next to big piles of human shit we have to deal with because why build toilets?— radhika vaz (@radvaz) December 23, 2016
A RS 3600 cr Shivaji memorial? I am a great admirer of the Maratha King but surely the money could be better spent elsewhere? Agree?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) December 24, 2016
We could restore 300 forts in Mah instead of building this statue, pretty sure Shivaji Maharaj wud prefer that.😊🙏🏽https://t.co/SswwitlaZp— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) December 24, 2016
Some Tweeples were not afraid to be stern
I am a Shivaji Maharaj bhakt and grew up on his stories and I am sure he would have distributed 3600 crores to all farmers in the state !— vikram sathaye (@vikramsathaye) December 24, 2016
People using Mayawati blowing money on statues to justify #ShivajiMemorial Her idiotic actions dnt need to be repeated just to prove a point— Aseem Kshirsagar (@aseemksh) December 24, 2016
Dear Govt of MH (this one and the previous one), consider paying your govt staff (mainly teachers) before constructing a #ShivajiMemorial— Rish (@desi_mulgi) December 23, 2016
And then of course, there were the Twitter trolls, who did what they do best
After valiantly fighting in the hills and ranges, Shivaji Maharaj finds himself ‘all at sea.’ #shivajimemorial— Rohan Kanchan (@RohanKandid) December 22, 2016
Please sign my petition to stop construction of statute of Shivaji. And please buy tickets to USA to click a selfie with Statute of Liberty.— Eminent Intellectual (@padhalikha) December 23, 2016
But the statue also found many supporters!
Several people posted on Twitter about how it was unfair to criticise the Shivaji, Maharashtra’s greatest historical figure:
Mayavati, Jaylalitha Spend Croe money on their own statue. And we need to knw their Contributions compared to Shivray— Amit Wankhade Patil (@Amit_I_Patil) December 24, 2016
When 3000 croe spent in Kumbh Mela no Media Raised Voice. Why Now? This bigots making fuss #ShivajiMemorial— Amit Wankhade Patil (@Amit_I_Patil) December 24, 2016
Shivaji’s statue-why is it wasteful? It will earn its cost with in 3 years through tourism-& nobody talked abt Mayawati’s elephants.— Col Ajit Bhinder (@ajitbhinder) December 24, 2016
Hey @Dev_Fadnavis India is a poor country we can only afford Gandhi, Nehru, and Hathi statues. Why are you building Shivaji Statue?— भागल फेसबुकिया (@BUnlimted) December 24, 2016
We tax Payer of Maharashtra don’t have any problem about Money Spent on Memorial because Its Debt of Shivaji Maharaj on us— Amit Wankhade Patil (@Amit_I_Patil) December 24, 2016
#ShivajiMemorial should be made as because of him I am ‘Mandar Sawant’ and not ‘Masood Sarwar’— Mandar Sawant (@MandarSawant184) December 24, 2016
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