Modi flags off ‘Run for Unity’ programme, paid tribute to Sardar Patel

Prime minister Narendra Modi (photo ANI)
Prime minister Narendra Modi (photo ANI)

New Delhi [India], October 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the ocassion of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s birth anniversary flag off the run for unity programme. Earlier he paid tribute to him and said “We salute Sardar Patel on his birthday. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten”.

While speaking about the first deputy prime minister of India, PM Modi said, “Patel’s legacy was ignored by governments. The role of Sardar Patel was not introduced to the new generation of the country. Either an attempt was made to erase their contribution from history or an attempt was made to minimize it. Whether a political party accepts him grandfather or not, the country’s youth will not allow him to be forgotten. The country’s first President, Rajendra Prasad, also expressed his pain at an attempt to forget Sardar,” the Prime Minister said before flagging addressing the massive gathering at Dhyan Chand Stadium.

Prime Minister Modi also administered the ‘unity pledge’ to those present.

“We remember Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary. We are proud of his contribution to India before we attained freedom and during the early years after we independence,” he added.

“We are home to so many cultures, languages, lifestyles. India is a country full of diversity, Unity in Diversity is our speciality. People tried to ensure the contribution of Sardar Patel is forgotten. However, the youth of India respects him and his contribution towards the building of our nation. India is proud of our diversity,” he said.

Along with the Prime Minister, Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, cricketer Suresh Raina, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, hockey player Sardara Singh and weightlifter Karnam Malleswari also took part in the programme held in memory of Sardar Patel.
The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is being celebrated across the country as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day).

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, and Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel.

With Inputs From ANI 

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