Sardar Patels birth anniversary to be observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
On the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India, that falls on 31 October, the country will observe Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to foster and reinforce the government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen unity of the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ensured that millions of Indians were brought under the ambit of “one nation, one constitution” and his message of unity and patriotism was an inspiration for New India.
“Translating a thought into reality was his forte. Sardar Patel took on the reins of weaving a unified India. He ensured that millions of Indians were brought under the ambit of one nation and one constitution,” Modi said
Badminton champion P V Sindhu, cricketer Mitali Raj and hockey star Sardar Singh are likely to participate in the 1.5 km ‘Run for Unity’ (from National Stadium to India Gate) here on Tuesday as the country celebrates Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary.
The government has made elaborate plans to celebrate ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ to honour Patel on his birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the country in paying tributes to Patel.
Modi will offer floral tributes at Patel Chowk followed by administering pledge and flagging off the ‘Run for Unity’.
Ministry of Railways will organize functions at 1,500 railway stations while ministries of Steel, Power, Labour, Tourism and Housing and Urban Affairs will organize functions in various Tier-1/2/SMART and AMRUT cities and tourist spots.
In West Bengal Govt to colleges… Ignore Centre’s directive on paying tribute on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. “The Union government has no right to enforce anything on us. Paying tribute or respect cannot be on the basis of any directive from anyone. We specially take objection to the directive on video-recording the event and sending the same to the UGC.”
Incidentally, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also falls on the same day.