National Unity Day – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – is being observed across the country today, on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Since 2014, October 31st is observed as the National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the ‘Run For Unity’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to Sardar Patel at the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat this morning. Later, he administered a pledge on national unity to a large gathering. The Prime Minister also witnessed the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade’ by personnel of Gujarat Police and central armed forces. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Mr Modi will visit a technology demonstration site and interact with civil service probationers at Kevadiya.
Meanwhile President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his statue at Patel Chowk in the national Capital.
Vice President has also paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary today. Mr Naidu said, Sardar Patel was a visionary statesman, astute political administrator and the creator of India’s steel frame – the Civil Services. He said, Sardar Patel not only brought about geographical unity of the country by ensuring integration of more than 560 Princely States with the Union of India, but also strongly believed in India’s social and cultural unity.
The Vice President said, the Nation is ever grateful to his invaluable and monumental contributions in the building of modern India. He said, the best way to pay tribute to Sardar Patel’s memory would be by striving to protect the unity and integrity of the country.
In Uttar Pradesh, a series of programmes to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel are continuing since yesterday. AIR correspondent reports that Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya participated in a Kavi Sammelan organised in remembrance of the great leader at Meerut. Today, in each district headquarter, block and in villages, people from all walks of life will run together in run for unity programme.
Various other programmes, including public feast, fruit distribution, blood donation, cleanliness drives and seminars are also scheduled to mark the occasion. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will flag off the Run for Unity in Lucknow after paying floral tributes to the Iron Man of India. All State ministers along with many Union ministers, including General (retired) V.K. Singh and Smriti Irani, will participate in the programmes in several districts. Gandhi Sankalp yatras of BJP will also culminate today.
In Madhya Pradesh, a series of programmes have been organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. AIR correspondent reports that central ministers Narendra Singh tomar,Thawarchand Gahlot and Fanggan Singh Kulaste are participating in run for unity in Murena,Ujjain and Balaghat respectively. Today, in each district headquarter, block and in villages, people from all walks of life will run together in run for unity programme. Some other programmes, like blood donation, cleanliness drives and seminars on Sardar Patel’s contribution are also scheduled to mark the occasion. State BJP and Congress are also organizing various programmes in memory of Sardar Patel. Gandhi Sankalp yatras of BJP will also culminate today.
In Punjab and Haryana, Run for Unity were organised at various places today, with a large number of people from all walks of take participating. They also took oath to work for national integration and harmony. A walkathon is also being organised for officers and employees of Doordarshan and Aakashvani at Chandigarh.
Several programmes have also been organized in Tamil Nadu in view of the Rashtriya Ekta Divas today. Many leaders, including Governor Bunwarilal Purohit, would garland the statue of Sardar Patel in Chennai. Ekta pledge would be taken by staff in all government offices. Several “Run for Unity” programmes are being held in the city.