NEW DELHI- On the 141st birth anniversary of Sardar vallabhbhai patel celebrated as National Unity Day, P.M. Narender Modi flagged off ‘Run for Unity,’ a marathon organized in Delhi to commemorate the occasion.
Speaking at the event, the PM said India had the ‘Iron Man of India,’ to thank for its unity.
“If India is under one flag today, the credit goes to Sardar Patel,” the PM said. “We must never forget Sardar Sahab (Vallabhbhai Patel) and his mantra for country’s unity,” he added.
“Everyone dreams that India should be strong and self-reliant, but for that, India needs to be united,” the PM said.
The PM said that a lot of powers were working to divide the nation and create internal strife, and that in such circumstances, Indians needed to make even more efforts for to be united and stay alert.
PM Modi will also release a Commemorative Stamp at a programme to be held at India Gate later in the day, besides administering Ekta Pledge and flagging off the ‘Unity Run’.
A Digital Film on the life of Patel will also be released by the prime minister at a programme to be organised in the evening by the Ministry of Culture at Pragati Maidan.
The Government last year decided to observe Sardar Patel Jayanti Day as ‘Ekta Diwas’.
As part of celebrations, various programmes will be organised during the week till November 6, recalling Sardar Patel’s contribution to unification of India.
All Central ministers will visit different parts of the country during the week, garlanding Patel Statutes and holding public meetings.