Odisha Pays Tribute To 'Iron Man' Sardar Patel On 142th Birth Anniversary

Maharashtra Mumbai schools turn down state directive to reopen early to celebrate Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary

Union Social Justice and empowerment minister Thawar Singh Ghelot administered the unity pledge to all and Union Health Minister JP Nadda, MPs Anurag Thakur, Virender Kashyap and state BJP incharge Mangal Pandey were also present on the occasion.

Mr Modi said, India must remain united and it is the responsibility of the 125 crore people to ensure its unity and integrity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the BJP has never hid his admiration for the Congressman Patel.

It was a day of tributes as Tuesday marked the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.

The 1.5-km run here came to an end near the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial.

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"Rajendra Babu must be happy now, wherever his soul may be, that we are remembering the contribution of Sardar Patel today even though some people tried to run down and erase his contribution".

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.

The day is observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to foster and reinforce the government's dedication to preserve and strengthen unity of the nation.

Hockey player Sardar Singh said "Run for Unity" is a commendable initiative to showcase country's unity and integrity. "His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten", Modi said while flagging off the run. Patel was a selfless leader who had shaped India's destiny with single-minded devotion, the vice-president said at an event to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of India's first home minister at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

India is a land of diversity and our varied culture is a testimony to the different kind of people, we have in our motherland.

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