Tribute to Sardar Patel: PM Modi to Flag off Sabarmati Seaplane Service
By: Ashwathy Nair
- Since 2014, the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has been celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’.
- Leaders pay tribute to the iron man who united the country.
- The seaplane service linking the Statue of Unity in Kevadia with the Sabarmati Riverfront will be launched by PM Modi.
On the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the day that is celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’(National Unity Day) across the country, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the Iron Man at the Statue of Kevadia, Gujarat. Also, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid tribute.
After independence, the consolidation of more than 550 princely states was only possible because of the determination of Sardar Patel, stated by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
On this occasion, ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ parade was attended by the Prime Minister. For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown in March, PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Gujarat in order to mark Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, celebrating Sardar Patel’s 145th birth anniversary.
Through a video conference, PM will address 428 Officer Trainees from different Civil Services currently attending the Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. The seaplane service linking the Statue of Unity in Kevadia with the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad will also be launched at around 11.30 by the Prime Minister.
“I recall and bow before the country’s first home minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who transformed the country into a thread of unity on his birth anniversary. Today, we all need to repeat this determination to commit ourselves in order to preserve the nation’s unity, dignity and stability,” Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
Since 2014, the day, 31st October has been celebrated as the Day of National Unity. Sardar Patel is credited with uniting all of the pre-independent country’s 562 princely states to create the Republic of India.
In the meantime, in New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.