PM Modi pays tribute to 'iron man' Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary

I bow to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. We recall his rich contribution to India, Modi said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, on his 141st birth anniversary.

PM Modi tweeted:  "Paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel & recalled his contribution in uniting India & strengthening the cooperative movement."

“I bow to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. We recall his rich contribution to India,” PM Modi said in another tweet.

The Prime Minister, earlier in the day, paid a floral tribute to Patel at his statue in the heart of national capital at Patel Chowk here.  PM Modi will also release a Commemorative Stamp at a programme to be held at India Gate later in the day, besides administering Ekta Pledge and flagging off the 'Unity Run', media reported.

Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Nadiad in Gujarat. A Digital Film on the life of Patel will also be released by the prime minister at a programme to be organised in the evening by the Ministry of Culture at Pragati Maidan.

The Government last year decided to observe Sardar Patel Jayanti Day as 'Ekta Diwas'. As part of celebrations, various programmes will be organised during the week till November 6, recalling Sardar Patel s contribution to unification of India.

All Central ministers will visit different parts of the country during the week, garlanding Patel Statutes and holding public meetings.

On Sunday, PM Modi had highlighted the contribution of Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the Iron Man of India, in uniting the country during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme.

PM Modi highlighted that that Vallabhbhai Patel contributed significantly in strengthening the cooperative movement in the country, adding that the country’s first home minister dedicated himself to the welfare of farmers.But on Sardar’s birthday, history remembers how Sikh people all over the country faced violence and pain after Indira Gandhi’s assassination,” he had said in the radio programme.