PM flags off 'Run for Unity', slams Cong for ignoring Patel

PM flags off 'Run for Unity', slams Cong for ignoring Patel

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".

Prime Minister Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President also paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel.

Later Tuesday, Mr Venkaiah Naidu said it was unfortunate that there had been no proper recognition of the monumental contribution made by Sardar Patel and his legacy in unifying the country at its most critical juncture in history.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the run at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi where the event saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.

"People tried to ensure the contribution of Sardar Patel is forgotten".

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Ambassador P Kumaran paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and recollected his extraordinary works towards unity and integrity of the country, as First Home Minister of India and Deputy Prime Minister. "It was the Narsimha Rao's government who honoured him with the award", Prasad said.

Mr Modi also appealed to the people to resolve to make New India when the country will celebrate its 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022. Mr Modi said everyone in the country was proud of Patel's contribution to India before it attained freedom and during the early years of Independence.

Hockey player Sardar Singh said "Run for Unity" is a commendable initiative to showcase country's unity and integrity.

"India is a country full of diversity".

"Tribute to Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. 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.

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