We never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution: Sheila Dikshit on PM Modi's remarks

01 November, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • PM Modi to flag off 'Run For Unity' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the BJP has never hid his admiration for the Congressman Patel. Sardar Patel, the Iron Man of India, was the instrumental in bringing India together, despite all the differences. "My tributes to him on his birth anniversary", Gandhi tweeted.

October 31, the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is being observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) to maintain the unity and integrity all over the country. 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. It also includes a coin issued for Sardar Patel in 1996.

The Prime Minister also administered the unity pledge to thousands of children gathered at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium for the run. "After 70 years of Independence, today we need to debate and discuss the issue as to why a person from only one family would become the CM, party president, the PM.How long this will continue?" he asked. "His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten", Modi said while flagging off the run.

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu, the PM and home minister Rajnath Singh paid floral tributes to Patel on Parliament Street, where his statue is installed.

He said people should do things which are good for the country. The "Run for Unity" is a commendable initiative to showcase country's unity and integrity, said Hockey player Sardar Singh.

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"India is a country full of diversity".

"There have been attempts to run down Sardar Patel, to ensure that his contribution is forgotten".

The event witnessed several union ministers, senior officials and others also.

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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