Mumbai/Gandhinagar/Bhopal, Oct.31 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Saturday paid floral tributes to one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as ‘Iron man’, on his 140th birth anniversary.
In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari paid floral tributes to Patel’s statute.
In Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Shivraj Singh Chouhan also paid tribute to the ‘Iron man’ respectively.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered floral tributes at Sardar Patel statue on Parliament Street along with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu.
Prime Minister Modi while addressing the nation on the occasion pitched the ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ programme which would be an effort by states to recognise and learn about other each other’s culture and language.
Prime Minister Modi also remembered the ‘Iron Man’s’ struggle in unifying the nation under the British rule.
“Every decision Sardar saab made was with a certain plan for the nation. His contribution to the nation is priceless. He did not want the nation to go back to being scattered after he left, that is why during his rule, and he fought every divisive element in the nation and united India in a short time,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, M. Venkaiah Naidu also said that things would have been different in the nation, if Sardar Patel would been the first Prime Minister of India.
The day is being celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) across the country.(ANI)