Prime Minister Narendra Modi today salutes Sardar Vallabbhai Patel on his birthday at Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. The Prime Minister is expected to flag off ‘Run for Unity’ at the stadium, which will continue for a week in different parts of the country. With slogans ‘Sardar Patel amar rahein’, Modi credited the legendary leader for unity in the country.
The Prime Minister had also inaugurated a digital museum of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel in New Delhi to commemorate his 141st birthday. Modi said that the government had made all efforts to portray the real and complete life of Sardar Patel through the museum but he believes it still looks incomplete.
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Claiming that no one has a copyright on Sardar Patel, Modi said that the legendary leader did everything for the nation and his works were also completely devoted for the nation. Modi claimed that women reservation was first initiated by Sardar Patel although his proposal remained fruitless back then as other party members ignored it. The Prime Minister said that in spite of being a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, he still follows the ideology and beliefs of the legendary Congress leader.
The Prime Minister also urged the states to get into agreements for development projects with other states instead of searching for agreements with foreign countries. Modi claimed that the nation has taken unity for granted and anti-social elements are taking this as an opportunity to spread inter-division within the country.
Through his speech Modi had also put focus on the learning of regional languages in the country. “We feel proud when our children speak fluent Spanish or French, but why can’t we learn our regional languages like Tamil or Odiya,” he said.
Stating that every citizen of the nation wants a strong India and for that there must be unity in the country, the Prime Minister pledged for national integration and unity in India. In his speech today, Modi also mentioned the single train that travels from Kashmir to Kanyakumari without paying taxes in any states, and thanked Sardar Patel claiming it to be one of his biggest contribution to the country.
Asking for national unity Modi said that there are too many political and non-political powers working in the country in attempts to create internal disputes and unrest in India. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, and Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung were also present in the stadium to celebrate the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’.
Here are a few excerpts from PM Modi’s speech:
“Sardar Patel did everything for the nation. Whatever he did was devoted to India”
“The concept of women reservation was first introduced by #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel, but his proposal was thrown in garbage back then.”
“No one has copyright over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.”
“I am from BJP & Sardar Patel was from Cong, but I still follow his ideology & beliefs which is from no party.”
“e see states getting in agreement with foreign countries for developmental projects, why can’t we do the same within the country?”
“Why can’t states within the country get into an agreement with each other and help in development of the country?”
“We have taken ‘unity’ for granted, anti-social elements have taken this as an opportunity to sow seeds for divide.”
“We feel proud when our children speak fluent Spanish or French, but why can’t we learn our regional languages like Tamil or Odiya.”
“We tried our level best to portray real and complete life of Sardar Patel here in this exhibition, but it still looks incomplete.”
“Imagine what kind of power #SardarPatel held that rulers agreed for integration during independence on his call”