Modi, BJP capitalizes on Sardar Patel birth anniversary ahead of Gujarat polls

The Congress said today that the BJP was "adopting" leaders like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as its own participation in the freedom struggle was absent and accused the party of rewriting history.

To commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flagged off a run titled "Run for Unity" in New Delhi. Most notable of them was former chief minister Anandiben Patel who flagged off the "run" from Sattadhar Crossroads that falls in Ghatlodia constituency, which had witnessed violence during Patidar reservation stir in 2015.The event was also organised in other Patidar-dominated constituencies of the city like Thakkarbapanagar, Sabarmati, Bapunagar, Naroda and Nikol.

World renown sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik paid tributes through a sand art at Puri sea beach with a message of "RUN For UNITY".

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"In 1950, Sardar Patel had predicted what would happen in 1965 (India-Pakistan war).the war that happened with China, even the Dokalam issue, which has come up in the recent times", he added.

"It is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation given to us by Sardar Patel".

"There have been attempts to run down Patel, to ensure that the contribution of Patel is forgotten".

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The central government celebrates 31 October, the birth anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel, as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. "We see the tricolor across the length and breadth of the nation, and the credit for this goes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel". The State Mantralaya officers, employees, local citizens and students were administered oath by the Chief Minister to maintain national unity, integrity and security.

In his address Chouhan said that the present form of India is due to the undaunted efforts of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

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