Modi leads tributes to Sardar Patel on birth anniversary

PM Modi to flag off 'Run For Unity' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

Along with the rest of the country, the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) was today observed in Arunachal Pradesh to commemorate the birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

"The youth of India respects him and his contribution towards the building of our nation", the PM noted.

In an indirect attack on the Congress just weeks ahead of the Gujarat elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said some parties and governments had earlier tried to run down and erase the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in unifying the nation immediately after Independence. Near the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial, the 1.5km run came to an end. The special cover released by India Post on national unity day with the images of Sardar Patel and has been cancelled with the national unity day image shared by GOI. Besides, it also organised a "Run for Unity" marathon in which officers from various government departments, personnel from defence organisations and school students took part.

"It is unfortunate that even 70 years after attaining independence, various fissiparous tendencies are raising their ugly heads and attempts are being made to threaten the unity and integrity of the country", he said.

Earlier, in the day, Patel's statue located at the Parliament street was visited by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh who offered floral tributes.

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"India's progress in various fields and its march as one of the major economies should not be allowed to be obstructed by anybody and every Indian should strive to uphold and strengthen country's unity and integrity", he said.

"We remember Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary".

Several union ministers, senior officials and others also participated in the event.

He said, Sardar Patel used all means and succeeded in uniting all princely states into a single nation within a very small span of time.

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