Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 141st birth anniversary.
“Paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel & recalled his contribution in uniting India & strengthening the cooperative movement,” Modi said in a tweet.
Earlier in the day, he paid a floral tribute to Patel at his statue in the heart of national capital at Patel Chowk here.
Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Nadiad in Gujarat.
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’.
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.
Congress had slammed the Narendra Modi government for disrespecting the former prime minister, Indira Gandhi, on her death anniversary after no one from the Centre attends prayer meeting in former prime minister’s memory.
Anand Sharma, who was a key minister in Manmohan Singh government, attacked the Narendra Modi government for “deliberately disrespecting” the memory and martyrdom of Indira Gandhi, describing her as the “tallest leader, and a popular Prime Minister who gave her life for India.”
(With PTI inputs)