The University of Manchester Students' Union issued an open letter to Manchester City Council to reconsider its decision on the grounds of Gandhi's 'well-documented anti-black racism'.
Created by renowned Indian sculptor Gautam Pal, the statue has been given to Finland by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Earlier in the day, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi criticised those responsible for desecrating the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar in Uttar Pradesh.
The 9-foot high bronze sculpture by Indian artist Ram V Sutar will be installed outside Manchester Cathedral in November to mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.
Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy ixed the statue of Mahatma Gandhi which was damaged by unidentified persons at Polkampadu in Guntur district.
Senior district officials reached the spot and got the burqa removed. They also assured action against the miscreants.