The 'Warrior-Horse' statue was installed at the Master Canteen Square In Bhubaneswar in the year 1988 resembling the original warrior-and-horse sculpture found at Konark Sun Temple.
Bhubaneswar, June 18: Protests against the recent decision of the State Government to relocate the iconic 'Warrior-Horse' statue from its present location of Master Canteen in Bhubaneswar intensified on Friday.
For the second day, Congress activists led by Jatni MLA Suresh Kumar Routray staged a protest at the Master Canteen Square here opposing State Government's decision to shift the statue near Raj Bhavan in the city.
“This is our Kalinga Ghoda (horse). It symbolises Odisha’s pride. We will not let the symbol of Odisha’s glorious history be shifted to any other place. This will keep reminding visitors the velour of Odias,” said Routray.
The senior Congress leader alleged that the State Government has initiated a move to destroy our glorious identity.
Several sculptors and members of civil societies also participated in the protest today.
The 'Warrior-Horse' statue was installed at the Master Canteen Square in the year 1988 resembling the original warrior-and-horse sculpture found at Konark Sun Temple.
The statue was built by the late Rajya Sabha member and Padma Vibhushan awardee sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra.
Sources said, the State Government has decided to shift the statue in front of Raj Bhavan in order to give space for multi-modal hub project near Master Canteen square, on the proposal of the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL).