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02 November 2017, 12:23 | Rufus Hill
Modi flags off Run for Unity: The importance of Sardar Patel and 'nationalist' narrative for BJP in Gujarat
A slew of events were organized to mark the 142 nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which was celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on Tuesday in different parts of the city.The celebrations began with a "Run for unity" organized by UT sports and tourism department at Sukhna Lake.The run was flagged off by UT administrator VP Singh Badnore.
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. State BJP members participate in Run for Unity in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.
A day after his tweets created havoc on social media, he clarified his stance by saying, "When I tweet abt Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and Nehru, I discuss history, not politics. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten", Modi said while flagging off the run.
Several programmes are being organised across the country on this occasion.
The central government celebrates 31 October, the birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
He said, Sardar Patel used all means and succeeded in uniting all princely states into a single nation within a very small span of time.
Modi said that every Indian should make a resolve to contribute towards the welfare of society, to do something that enhances the prestige of the nation, and try to fulfil it by 2022 when India would complete 75 years of Independence.
Admiring Sardar Patel for his foresight, Mr Parrikar said, "He was so accurate and flawless", in his predictions and understanding of the situation along India's borders. The "Run for Unity" is a commendable initiative to showcase country's unity and integrity, said Hockey player Sardar Singh.
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