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PM Modi flags off `Run for Unity' march on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel
Nation is observing Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas this time. The observance had a floral tribute by PM Narendra Modi to the statue Sardar Patel on Parliament Street in New Delhi this morning.

A 'Run for Unity' event at Rajpath followed in which the political leaders and citizens participated voluntarily. A pledge of unity got administered to the participants and the gathering on the occasion.

A day ahead of the observance, the pledge of National Unity was administered at offices of Government of India in New Delhi on October 30 since Saturday is a holiday under five-day working week in the central government offices.

In Gandhi Nagar of Gujarat, a 'Light-and-Sound Show' based on the life of Sardar Patel will be angulated and replica of his biggest statue will be unveiled some time during the day, it is learned. Government-sponsored programme 'Vanche Gujarat' will be held in which the books and incidents related to Sardar Patel will be read out to the youth, it is learnt.

Beside Patel's (1875- 1950) contribution freedom struggle of India, he is remembered as the 'Iron Man of India' since as first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India he united the country by through both frank diplomacy as well firm hand.

Some of the famous quotes of Sardar Patel that described his dream of India have been as follows:

-No one would die of starvation in independent India. Its grain would not be exported. Cloth would not be imported by it.

-Its (Independent India's) best-paid officials would not earn a great deal more than its lowest-paid servants. And finding justice in it would be neither costly nor difficult.

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