New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday pitched for “Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat” on the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said, “unity, peace and harmony are the first condition for India to achieve new heights of development.”
Flagging off a ‘Run For Unity’ at Rajpath in Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leader said the ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ programme which will be an effort by states to recognise and learn about other each other’s culture and language.
Before flagging off the Run for Unity, the PM paid rich tributes to the ‘Iron Man’ of India and offered floral tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary at Shakti Sthal.
Crediting Sardar Patel for the united India, PM Modi said, “After the great Chanakya, it was Sardar Patel who strung India together with unity.”
The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day).
He urged people to take inspiration from Patel’s life and work for the country’s unity and integrity.
The Prime Minister also administered a pledge to the thousands of people, which included school and college students, personnel of paramilitary forces, and people residing in and around here, gathered at the Rajpath.