Thakur pays tributes to Patel, Indira Gandhi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 31

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today paid tribute to India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 146th birth anniversary.

Thakur said Patel sacrificed his life for Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat. Earlier. He also paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, who laid down her life for the unity and integrity of the nation. The Chief Minister also administered Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge to the people on the occasion.

While addressing the people on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Patel always wanted India to be strong, inclusive and developed. "This day is observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day since 2014, marking the birth anniversary of Patel, who is credited with uniting all the 562 princely states of the pre-Independent country to build the Republic of India," he remarked.

Thakur said it was the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who decided to construct the Statue of Unity, world's tallest 182 m statue as a mark of respect to the colossal statue of Patel.

While remembering Indira Gandhi on her 37th death anniversary celebrated as Rashtriya Sankalp Divas, the Chief Minister said the former PM played a major role in maintaining the unity and integrity of the nation.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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