Prime News, National, New Delhi, October 31:- President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary on Saturday, which is observed as the “National Unity Day.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (October 31) paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister, at the 182-meter tall ‘Statue of Unity’ here on his 145th birth anniversary.
Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) since 2014.
Modi, whose two-day Gujarat visit started on Friday, reached the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Narmada district this morning and offered flowers at the feet of the monument of Sardar Patel.
At the same time, rose petals were showered on the statue from helicopters.
Modi then headed to the Parade Ground and administered ‘national unity pledge’ to the gathering on this occasion. Modi is attending a special function in Gujarat’s Kevadia, where a giant statue of Patel is located.
The top dignitaries paid their tributes to the first home minister of independent India at his statue located at Patel Chowk here.
The Centre observes October 31 across the country as a day to foster and reinforce the government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen the unity, integrity and security of the nation by celebrating it as the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” or “National Unity Day” to commemorate Patel’s birth anniversary.
The Narendra Modi government has been observing Patel’s birth anniversary as the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” since 2014.
Patel was born on October 31, 1875 in Gujarat’s Nadiad. He is credited for the merger of over 560 princely states into the Union of India.
As part of Patel’s birth anniversary celebrations, various programmes are being organised across the country, recalling his contribution to the unification of India. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)