Arun Jaitley’s statue was unveiled at the Delhi cricket stadium, formerly known as the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on the 68th birth anniversary of the former finance minister and the Delhi Districts Cricket Association chief. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly attended the ceremony at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Monday.
Arun Jaitley’s son and the current president of the DDCA, Rohan Jaitley was also seen at the ceremony where the celebrated politician was honoured. A six-foot-tall statue of Jaitley was erected inside the premises of the Feroz Shah Kotla. The statue costs close to Rs 15 lakh and weighs around 800kg.
The statue of the celebrated politician reached the Kotla on Saturday and security cover was given to it immediately. Notably, former India captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi had opposed the move to have the Jaitley statue erected at the Kotla.
Arun Jaitley statue was designed by the father-son Suthar duo of the Ram Sutar Art Creations Pvt. Ltd which designed the world’s tallest statue — Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel in Gujarat. the statue was erected near the parking area close to the Virender Sehwag Gate at the DDCA.
The Delhi cricket stadium was named after the former finance minister on September 12. Notably, the decision to erect the statue was taken in the first apex council meeting of DDCA in October, after Jaitley’s son Rohan was elected unopposed as the president of the state cricket body.
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Notably, Arun Jaitley had served as the DDCA chief for 14 years, from 1999 to 2013. The former Bharatiya Janata Party leader had passed away on August 24, 2019 due to multiple organ failure.
Bishan Singh Bedi threatens legal action against DDCA
Bishan Singh Bedi had written a scathing letter to Rohan Jaitley, expressing his reservation. Bedi asked the DDCA president to remove his name from one of the stands and gave up the membership in the state unit.
“After the Feroze Shah Kotla was named hurriedly and most undeservingly after Late Arun Jaitley my reaction then was maybe somehow good sense might prevail to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How wrong I was. Now I gather a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be installed at the Kotla. I’m not at all enamored with the thought of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla. I pride myself as a man of immense tolerance and patience..but all that I’m afraid of is running out. DDCA has truly tested me and forced me to take this drastic action. So, Mr. President, I request you to remove my name from the stand named after me with immediate effect. Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership,” Bishan Singh Bedi wrote in the letter.
In a second letter to Rohan on Sunday, Bedi even threatened legal action against the DDCA if his name weren’t removed from the stands.