Country marks Sardar Patels birth anniversary with Run for

PM Modi delivers a speech on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Run For Unity last year

PM Modi delivers a speech on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Run For Unity last year

A press statement issued by the India Post said, "We have prepared three maxim cards on Sardar Vallabhai Patel - one at his birthplace, Nadiad; one at the place where he lived, is Karamsad; and one from where Patel's memorial is located, Shahibaug. My tributes to him on his birth anniversary", Gandhi tweeted.

Coimbatore: India Post on Tuesday released a special cover and a special pack to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, who was the first deputy Prime Minister of the country.

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

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

Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Patel at Patel Chowk in the national capital this morning and offered floral tributes at his statue.

Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said appealed to the people of the country to resolve for Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

"It is unfortunate that even 70 years after attaining independence, various fissiparous tendencies are raising their ugly heads and attempts are being made to threaten the unity and integrity of the country", he said.

"India is a country full of diversity. But the symbol of Indian unity is still ruling the heart of millions of Indians", he said, adding such tactics can write off the contribution of such leaders.

A programme "Run for Unity" was also organized at Patia Chhak in Bhubaneswar to commemorate the birth anniversary of "Iron Man" of India. The event was flagged off by Union Minister Jual Oram. "But Sardar is Sardar, whether any government or any party recognises his contribution or not, the nation and the youth will not forget him", he said without naming any government or party.

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