New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi today launched the ‘Run for Unity’ marathon in which over 10,000 people participated. The central government declared October 31 as the National Unity Day. It is the 139th birth anniversary of former deputy PM Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel In remembrance of the ‘Iron Man.
The programme started with Modi paying floral tributes to Patel’s statue at New Delhi’s Patel Chowk. He was accompanied by union ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj and Ravi Shankar Prasad amongst other leaders.
Administering oath, PM said, I solemnly pledge that I will sacrifice myself for the unity and protection of the nation. I will also strive to spread this message amongst my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge for the unity of my nation which was attained by the hardwork of Sardar Patel. I pledge to play my part in ensuring internal security in the country. Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
During his address, PM criticised the previous governments for downplaying the role played by Patel during the days of freedom struggle. He said, A country which forgets its history cannot create history.”
Remarking the bond shared by Mahatma Gandhi and Patel, Modi said, “Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel…their bond remained unbreakable. Gandhi was incomplete without Patel.
Congress has been critical of Modi to hold such grand celebrations on October 31 as it is also the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Before flagging off the marathon, Modi also paid obeisance to the Congress leader.