PM Modi pays tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Elias Hubbard
October 31, 2017

The "Run for Unity", which began from the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari. PM Narendra Modi further added that Sardar Patel gave us "Óne India", and we should be proud of his contribution for making India a great nation.

Hailing Indian's diversity, he said, "India is proud of our diversity". In his address, he asked citizens to work for India's unity. Earlier in the day, PM Modi took to Twitter and shared a video of paying tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Rahul Gandhi also paid tributes to Sardar Patel, saying he was "an embodiment of integrity and strength, (and) one of the architects of (the) idea of India".

"I am really happy that the young generation of the country is participating actively in this Run for Unity". Modi inaugurated the event by laying flowers at Sardar Patel's statue and flagged off Run for Unity marathon.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh‏ urged all to celebrate Rashtriya Ekta Diwas by participating in the "Run for Unity" event at 7 AM in their respective locations.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to Sardar Patel on his 142nd birth anniversary.

Earlier the PM paid floral tributes to Patel.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress who fought alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru for India's independence. "Either an attempt was made to erase their contribution from history or an attempt was made to minimize it", said PM Modi addressing a massive gathering at the Dhyan Chand Stadium.

Despite these rigorous attempts to wipe out his legacy, the nation's youth valued Sardar Patel for his contribution towards uniting the nation, the Prime Minister asserted. "His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten", the PM tweeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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