Dehradun, Oct 31 (UNI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri paid rich tribute to 'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on his birth anniversary today.
Mr Khanduri remembering Patel said he was instrumental in unifying the nation as the first Union Home Minister of the independent India. It was possible only through his endeavour that 564 states were brought under Indian republic that too in a non- violent way.
He said that Patel played an important role in Khera Satyagraha, Bardoli Kranti, 'Namak Todo Andolan' and 'Savinaya Avigya Andolan'.
He was jailed several times by the British during the freedom struggle. He said the country would always remain grateful to him for his contributions.