Udupi: 'Run for Unity' organised to commemorate Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

Michele Moreno
November 2, 2017

"People tried to ensure the contribution of Sardar Patel is forgotten".

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.

A day after his tweets created havoc on social media, he clarified his stance by saying, "When I tweet abt Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and Nehru, I discuss history, not politics. But Sardar is Sardar, whether any government or any party recognises his contribution or not but the nation and the youth will not forget him", Modi said while addressing the gathering on the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas - to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel - at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. Today India is a strong and capable country.

The central government celebrates 31 October, the birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

All officers and employees enthusiastically participated in the run and spread the message of unity, integrity and internal security of the country. Mr Modi also administered the "Unity Oath" to the gathering. Most notable of them was former chief minister Anandiben Patel who flagged off the "run" from Sattadhar Crossroads that falls in Ghatlodia constituency, which had witnessed violence during Patidar reservation stir in 2015.The event was also organised in other Patidar-dominated constituencies of the city like Thakkarbapanagar, Sabarmati, Bapunagar, Naroda and Nikol.

Later speaking at an event, Tathagata Roy said that although Sardar Patel united the country, he was not allowed to interfere with only one state-Jammu and Kashmir.

Parrikar said he got an opportunity to read about Patel when he was defence minister.

Other reports by Insurance News

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