In Tripura’s last tribal ruler Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, the BJP has found a tall north-eastern icon. The saffron party has decided to erect a bronze statue in King Bir Bikram’s honour. Interestingly, this statue will be 184 feet tall because he was the 184th king of the Manikya dynasty.
184 feet tall Statue of Unity
Similar to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel being built in Gujarat, this statue will be called the ‘Statue of Unity’. This is being done in a bid to equate the two leaders from opposite ends of the country.
By ‘giving King Bir Bikram his due recognition’, the BJP hopes to ‘undo the neglect’ of tribal royalty by the Congress as well as the Left Front that has been ruling the landlocked state for 23 years in a row.
Senior BJP leader from Tripura, Parikshit Debbarma said collecting funds for the statue would not be an issue. ‘ 37 lakh people of Tripura are likely to extend help for a regional icon neglected by other parties. Besides we will be approaching Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help’ he said.
The statue is likely to be placed near Malancha Niwas, one of the palaces of the Manikya rulers in state capital Agartala. In 1919, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had stayed in this palace adjacent to the then ruler Birendra Kishore Manikya Bahadur’s private Kunjaban Palace.